Physics Cafes Wrap Up Successful Season

One of Aspen Science Center’s longest-running programs, our Physics Cafe series, had another strong season, with great speakers and strong attendance. ASC presents these cafes in partnership with the Aspen Center for Physics, taking advantage of the world-renowned physicists that are here for the Winter Conference. The Cafes are presented at Wheeler Opera house from January to March each year, and precede the popular DeWolf Physics lectures. We are grateful to Bill and Carol Barnhart for their sponsorship of the cookies at these events.

Every winter, elite teams of the most accomplished physicists in the world head to the Winter Conferences of the Aspen Center for Physics to wrestle with the most cutting-edge questions in their fields.  This always means something special for students, teachers, and science enthusiasts, as the world’s pre-eminent physicists share their insights with the public at the Physics Cafes and DeWolf Lectures.

This year, discussion topics included dark energy, quantum materials, black holes, active matter, quantum computing, quantum knot homology and supersymmetric gauge theories. These sound like daunting topics, but the speakers do a great job of making the science accessible and explaining things to the audience.

While the DeWolf Lectures are more formal, Aspen Science Center has created the Cafes as family-friendly, fun, informal pre-lecture gatherings where everything is accessible to teens and adults alike — from the food, to the science, to the informal conversations. The Physics Cafes are designed to bring the thrill of exploration, the joy of discovery, and the excitement of sharing big ideas (and cookies) to teens and adults in a relaxed setting.

If you missed the DeWolf Lectures, you can watch them online at the Aspen Center for Physics website.

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