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An array of hands on, exciting exhibits and presentations. All events took place in The Physica Phantastica Exhibit, located at Waterloo Public Square.

PI PRESENTS...

Talks for ages 12 and up. These events require individual tickets.

Saturday Oct 17, 2009

  The Art of Guesstimation (How to estimate almost any quantity while knowing almost nothing)

Host: Robert Spekkens
Panelists: Robin Blume-Kohout, Sarah Croke, Robert McNees

Saturday Oct 17, 2009 @ 11:00 am

One of the marks of a good physicist is the ability to make a rough estimate of a quantity off the cuff, the ability to get an answer that is "in the ball park’’ by a quick calculation that can fit on the back of an envelope or a dinner napkin. These are called ``Fermi problems’’. Join a panel of physicists as they apply this simple yet powerful technique to solve Fermi problems suggested by you, the audience! This session is for those who enjoy quantitative reasoning and will therefore include a small amount of mathematics.

     
Dark Matter  

The Mystery of Dark Matter

Michael Burns
Saturday Oct 17, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

Over the last few decades, physicists have come to realize that about 90% of the mass of every galaxy in the universe is made of an unseen substance called dark matter. Astronomers have studied light from distant stars, galaxies, planets, and other objects in space. However, physicists have come to realize that celestial objects that emit any type of light make up only a tiny fraction of the universe.

     
Human Factor   The Physics of Innovation

Richard Epp
Saturday Oct 17, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

Where does technology come from? Physics! Exploring basic mysteries such as "What is light?", "How can atoms exist?", and "What is space and time?" led to computers, wireless communication, mp3 players, lasers, medical imaging - indeed, virtually every "high tech" device on the planet. Join us in a celebration of the immense power of theoretical physics to transform our world for the betterment of humanity, and learn how current theoretical explorations may hold potential for even more fantastic innovations in the future.

     
Quantum Computer   The Challenge of Quantum Reality

Damian Pope
Saturday Oct 17, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

Quantum physics is one of humanity’s greatest intellectual achievements to date. It describes ultra-microscopic world of atoms with unprecedented accuracy and underpins the technology behind every computer, iPod and other modern electronic device. This video-based presentation starts with The Challenge of Quantum Reality, a short video by Perimeter Institute. Join us for a wild ride into the stranger-than-fiction world of quantum physics.

     
Alice and Bob in Wonderland   Alice & Bob in Wonderland

Richard Epp
Saturday Oct 17, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

Why is it dark at night? Sounds like a silly question? It’s not! Join PI’s own Alice & Bob characters in a new series of animated adventures as they wonder about the world around us and discover that it is sometimes the simplest questions – like this one – that lead us to the most profound insights into the nature of our amazing universe. Things are not always what they seem to be! The one-minute episodes are light and fun, but be forewarned that they may turn some of your ideas of reality upside down! Each episode will be followed by a lively discussion.

Sunday Oct 18, 2009

Dark Matter  

The Mystery of Dark Matter

Michael Burns
Sunday Oct 18, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

Over the last few decades, physicists have come to realize that about 90% of the mass of every galaxy in the universe is made of an unseen substance called dark matter. Astronomers have studied light from distant stars, galaxies, planets, and other objects in space. However, physicists have come to realize that celestial objects that emit any type of light make up only a tiny fraction of the universe.

     
Human Factor   The Physics of Innovation

Richard Epp
Sunday Oct 18, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

Where does technology come from? Physics! Exploring basic mysteries such as "What is light?", "How can atoms exist?", and "What is space and time?" led to computers, wireless communication, mp3 players, lasers, medical imaging - indeed, virtually every "high tech" device on the planet. Join us in a celebration of the immense power of theoretical physics to transform our world for the betterment of humanity, and learn how current theoretical explorations may hold potential for even more fantastic innovations in the future.

     
Quantum Computer   The Challenge of Quantum Reality

Damian Pope
Sunday Oct 18, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

Quantum physics is one of humanity’s greatest intellectual achievements to date. It describes the ultra-microscopic world of atoms with unprecedented accuracy and underpins the technology behind every computer, iPod and other modern electronic device. This video-based presentation starts with The Challenge of Quantum Reality, a short video by Perimeter Institute. Join us for a wild ride into the stranger-than-fiction world of quantum physics.

     
Alice and Bob in Wonderland   Alice & Bob in Wonderland

Richard Epp
Sunday Oct 18, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

Why is it dark at night? Sounds like a silly question? It’s not! Join PI’s own Alice & Bob characters in a new series of animated adventures as they wonder about the world around us and discover that it is sometimes the simplest questions – like this one – that lead us to the most profound insights into the nature of our amazing universe. Things are not always what they seem to be! The one-minute episodes are light and fun, but be forewarned that they may turn some of your ideas of reality upside down! Each episode will be followed by a lively discussion.


Saturday Oct 24


Dark Matter  

The Mystery of Dark Matter

Michael Burns
Saturday Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm

Over the last few decades, physicists have come to realize that about 90% of the mass of every galaxy in the universe is made of an unseen substance called dark matter. Astronomers have studied light from distant stars, galaxies, planets, and other objects in space. However, physicists have come to realize that celestial objects that emit any type of light make up only a tiny fraction of the universe.

     
Human Factor   The Physics of Innovation

Richard Epp
Saturday Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm

Where does technology come from? Physics! Exploring basic mysteries such as "What is light?", "How can atoms exist?", and "What is space and time?" led to computers, wireless communication, mp3 players, lasers, medical imaging - indeed, virtually every "high tech" device on the planet. Join us in a celebration of the immense power of theoretical physics to transform our world for the betterment of humanity, and learn how current theoretical explorations may hold potential for even more fantastic innovations in the future.

     
Quantum Computer   The Challenge of Quantum Reality

Damian Pope
Saturday Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm

Quantum physics is one of humanity’s greatest intellectual achievements to date. It describes the ultra-microscopic world of atoms with unprecedented accuracy and underpins the technology behind every computer, iPod and other modern electronic device. This video-based presentation starts with The Challenge of Quantum Reality, a short video by Perimeter Institute. Join us for a wild ride into the stranger-than-fiction world of quantum physics.

     
Alice and Bob in Wonderland   Alice & Bob in Wonderland

Richard Epp
Saturday Oct 24 @ 3:00 pm

Why is it dark at night? Sounds like a silly question? It’s not! Join PI’s own Alice & Bob characters in a new series of animated adventures as they wonder about the world around us and discover that it is sometimes the simplest questions – like this one – that lead us to the most profound insights into the nature of our amazing universe. Things are not always what they seem to be! The one-minute episodes are light and fun, but be forewarned that they may turn some of your ideas of reality upside down! Each episode will be followed by a lively discussion.

Sunday Oct 25

Dark Matter  

The Mystery of Dark Matter

Michael Burns
Sunday Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm

Over the last few decades, physicists have come to realize that about 90% of the mass of every galaxy in the universe is made of an unseen substance called dark matter. Astronomers have studied light from distant stars, galaxies, planets, and other objects in space. However, physicists have come to realize that celestial objects that emit any type of light make up only a tiny fraction of the universe.

     
Human Factor   The Physics of Innovation

Richard Epp
Sunday Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm

Where does technology come from? Physics! Exploring basic mysteries such as "What is light?", "How can atoms exist?", and "What is space and time?" led to computers, wireless communication, mp3 players, lasers, medical imaging - indeed, virtually every "high tech" device on the planet. Join us in a celebration of the immense power of theoretical physics to transform our world for the betterment of humanity, and learn how current theoretical explorations may hold potential for even more fantastic innovations in the future.

     
Quantum Computer   The Challenge of Quantum Reality

Damian Pope
Sunday Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm

Quantum physics is one of humanity’s greatest intellectual achievements to date. It describes the ultra-microscopic world of atoms with unprecedented accuracy and underpins the technology behind every computer, iPod and other modern electronic device. This video-based presentation starts with The Challenge of Quantum Reality, a short video by Perimeter Institute. Join us for a wild ride into the stranger-than-fiction world of quantum physics.

     
Alice and Bob in Wonderland   Alice & Bob in Wonderland

Richard Epp
Sunday Oct 25 @ 3:00 pm

Why is it dark at night? Sounds like a silly question? It’s not! Join PI’s own Alice & Bob characters in a new series of animated adventures as they wonder about the world around us and discover that it is sometimes the simplest questions – like this one – that lead us to the most profound insights into the nature of our amazing universe. Things are not always what they seem to be! The one-minute episodes are light and fun, but be forewarned that they may turn some of your ideas of reality upside down! Each episode will be followed by a lively discussion.

PHYSICA PHANTASTICA EXHIBIT


The exhibit requires only one ticket per person for all of the following:

 

Mars Rover  

Mars Rover - Curiosity

What is the size of an SUV, has six independent wheels, two eyes, and is blasting off to Mars in 2011? Curiosity! Curiosity, a full-size prototype of the next Mars rover that has come all the way from Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, will be the Physica Phantastica Exhibition’s centerpiece! Do not miss your chance to see this mechanical wonder up close and in person!

Mars Rover Exhibit Sponsor:
Dalsa


     
Magnets   Superconductivity in Action!
See an absolutely mesmerizing display of the modern day marvel of high-temperature superconductors —magnetic levitation—like you have never seen it before. Explore the nature and virtually limitless applications of this bizarre quantum state of matter.
     
Quantum Computer   Quantum Computer Live
See a real quantum computer in action! Adjust the dials and quantum computate! This interactive exhibit contains a real, live NQR (nuclear quadrapole resonance) quantum computer prototype that you will be able to see, touch, and use.
     
Origami   Origami in Space
Did you know that origami specialists are used to help create a folding design for satellites before they are launched? Well they do! The folds they design allow the satellite to carefully unfurl in space. At this exhibit you will have a chance to learn the art of origami and walk away with your own creation!
     
Doppler Balls   Frequency Frenzy
We have Doppler balls! What is a Doppler ball? Throw one to your friend and you will hear the answer! Experience firsthand how we know the universe is expanding, and discover how such an expansion appears to have created the most powerful microscope imaginable, connecting the quantum to the cosmos.
     
Face Painting   Physics Face Painting
What sort of paint is invisible, yet can be seen? Dive into this fun, interactive exhibit that explores the quantum nature of ultraviolet (UV) light through face painting ― but with a difference! Dab some of our special paint onto yourself and observe what you see (or do not see) under a variety of different lights, and learn the secret behind this fun paint.
     
Black Hole   Black Boxes to Black Holes
How can drainage pipes and some rope be related to black holes? Find out the answer when you solve our puzzles, brain teasers, and riddles. As you send a planet spiralling into a black hole, you will see how science works to understand the universe around us.
     
Perimeter Institute   Perimeter Institute’s 10th Anniversary
PI is turning 10 years old! Take a visual tour through time of this world-leading institute – from the original idea to world leading research centre. You will be amazed to see the growth of PI in just one decade, you will discover what scientists investigate at PI, and you will learn how successful initiatives in educational outreach are sharing the joys of research and innovation. Then peek into the future as you explore exclusive renderings of the new, expanding PI research facility.
     
Lasers   Multimedia Kiosk
Visit our one-stop-shop for a wide array of multimedia activities. These include a cosmic video game on the elusive topic of dark matter, interview clips with world-class researchers, and the “Power of Ideas” website ― this interactive site highlights the great scientific advances that have occurred throughout the history of physics.
     
Cosmos   Touched by the Cosmos
We see the universe with light; we touch the universe with cosmic rays—tiny bits of matter hurling toward us at nearly light speed from the farthest reaches of the observable universe. See live fingerprints of this “cosmic hand” and learn how recent observations suggest that the most energetic cosmic rays might originate near supermassive black holes at the centre of nearby galaxies.
     
Perimeter Explorations   Perimeter Explorations
This video display introduces you to one of PI Outreach’s premier programs: the Perimeter Explorations series of in-class educational videos. Each video in the series is aimed at high school students and brings abstract ideas in physics to life through animation. You will gain new insights about our world with The Mystery of Dark Matter and The Challenge of Quantum Reality.
     
Lasers   Quantum Stage Show
What happens when you mix lots of liquid nitrogen, quantum physics, and lasers? The Quantum Stage Show, of course! This 12-minute presentation will include a number of eye-popping demonstrations related to all three topics, and introduce you to the world of quantum physics through the amazing properties of liquid nitrogen.
     
Cosmos   Cosmo Stage Show
Cosmic Connection! Experience your connection to the most distant galaxies in the cosmos in our human gyroscope! Find out how this mysterious cosmic connection is related to some of the deepest questions human beings are currently asking about our universe.
     
Alice and Bob in Wonderland   Alice & Bob in Wonderland
Why is it dark at night? Join Alice & Bob in nine fun-filled, animated adventures as they wonder about the world around us. Discover how the simplest questions can spark profound insights into the nature of our amazing universe.
     
Polarization World   Polarization World
Polarized light, a special type of light with fascinating properties, is used to detect stresses in materials, make 3D eye-popping images, and to create stunning photographs. Come and explore the world of polarized light through this highly interactive exhibit.
     
Real d   RealD 3D Theatre
Imagine watching the formation of the universe, witnessing dramatic colliding galaxies, and seeing how a tornado builds into a destructive natural force, all in ultra-high definition 3D! Stephen Hawking narrates stunning visualizations from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and shares wonders of our universe as you have never seen them before - flooding your sense and taking you into a whole new world of understanding.








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