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Quantum. Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality

Tuesday 13 July, 2010 6.45 for 7- 8.30pm

The Studio, Cannon St, Birmingham B2 5EP.

Quantum theory looks at the very bulding blocks of our world, the particles and processes without which it could not exist. Yet for 60 years most physicists believed that quantum theory denied the very existence of reality itself. In this tour de force of science history, Manjit Kumar shows how the golden age of physics ignited the greatest intellectual debate of the twentieth century.

While Quantum sets the science in the context of the great upheavals of the modern age, Kumar's centrepiece is the conflict between Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr over the nature of reality and the soul of science. 'Bohr brainwashed a whole generation of physicists into believing that the problem had been solved', lamented Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann. But in Quantum, Kumar brings Einstein back to the centre of the quantum debate.

Quantum is the essential read for anyone fascinated by this co…

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I am starting to write this blog primarily to get into the habit of writing, preferably everyday. A friend who likes her self-help or 'voodoo' books says it is important to write when you first get up. The purpose of these first thoughts is to clear the mind, get things off your chest, thereby setting you free for the day. I like this idea but have other routines first thing that I don't want to break. Instead it will be a bit of a when and where I can affair. Luckily there's a iphone App to make access easier.

The purpose of writing to promote www.birminghamsalon.org. Two colleagues and I run a public debating forum in Birmingham UK. I'm not sure I like the description 'public debating forum' but debating society conjures up an image of pompous undergraduate would-be MPs trying to score points. We are more interested in having the debate, the arguments. The forum is called Birmingham Salon so maybe I should just call it a salon.

The idea of a Salon was dev…