When The Uncertainty Principle Goes To 11...

Professor Philip Moriarty

University of Nottingham


There are deep and fundamental links between quantum physics and heavy metal. 

No, really. There are. 

Far from being music for Neanderthals, as it’s too often construed, metal can be harmonically and rhythmically complex. That complexity is the source of many connections to the quantum world. You’ll discover how the Heisenberg uncertainty principle comes into play with every chugging guitar riff, what wave interference has to do with Iron Maiden, and why metalheads in mosh pits behave just like molecules in a gas. 


Philip Moriarty is a professor of physics and EPSRC Established Career Fellow at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on prodding, pushing, and poking single atoms and molecules; in this nanoscopic world, quantum physics is all. Moriarty has taught physics for almost twenty years and has always been struck by the number of students in his classes who profess a love of metal music, and by the deep connections between heavy metal and quantum mechanics. He blogs at Symptoms Of The Universe.

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29 Apr 2021 19:00 to 20:00
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