QT1: Why learn Quantum ?
Quantum physics is perhaps the greatest intellectual triumph of human civilization, but the public in general is not aware of it. Even many professionals who studied or are studying Science at School are not aware that ‘life’ is in its essence driven by Quantum Mechanics. The universe as we know it runs on quantum rules, and while the classical physics that emerges when you apply quantum physics to enormously huge numbers of particles seem very different, there are lots of familiar, everyday phenomena that demonstrate quantum effects. Have you ever wondered how birds instinctively find their way across thousands of miles of open sky during migration? Or pondered on how photosynthesis happens, or how the human sense of smell works?
Despite our best efforts to understand them, natural processes such as these are puzzling. But recently, scientists have been using quantum physics to unravel some of nature’s enduring mysteries.
Another important purpose of this course is to develop pride in our own Scientists and their fundamental contributions at the Quantum level which have been unjustly ignored. Raman effect for which Sir CV Raman was conferred the Nobel Prize in 1930 was essentially a ‘Quantum’ effect. Satyendra Bose after whom a class of particles have been named Bosons has also made signal contributions. Jagdish Chandra Bose had demonstrated that plants also conform to the laws of Physics, which we now believe is Quantum Mechanics. And in recent times, Luv Grover developed a Quantum algorithm that goes by his name.
The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics for experimental work on Quantum entanglement has laid the foundation for a new era of quantum technology, being hailed as the 2nd Quantum Revolution. https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/physics/2022/popular-information/
The flow of the topics for this weekend WhatsApp program :
Day 1: The Quantum World
1.1: Quantum making news
1.2: Quantum Physics in everyday life
1.3: The dramatis personae in Quantum Mechanics
1.4: Quantum is fundamental: classical physics is a special case
1.5: Quantum myths that need to be busted
Day 2: Preparing for a Quantum future
2.1: Key ideas in Quantum Mechanics
2.2: Quantum Computing
2.3: Quantum Biology
2.4: The 2nd Quantum Revolution
2.5: Self-taught Quantum professional
This brief course is a fascinating introduction for the curious, with sufficient guidance for more, for the serious. Somewhat more than magazine articles but less than UG courses of a good rigorous academic program.
The next batch will run on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th March 2023.
- The fee for the above course is Rs 1000/- and can be easily remitted through PayTM to MM Pant ( mobile number : +919810073724).
- For those who would rather pay into a Bank account, the relevant information is :
- Madan Mohan Pant
- HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon
- (The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)
To know more, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724