Science Pub Portland: Physics

APR 15, 2020 | 7-9PM | Special Edition

Join us on Wednesday, April 15 for our special out of town guest, Dr. Al-Khalili!


The World According to Physics

With Jim Al-Khalili, PhD, Quantum Physicist, NY Times Bestselling Author and BBC Television Presenter


April 15, 2020 | Doors @ 6PM | Theory open 5-7PM | Special Edition | $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats


Are we approaching the end of physics, when the rich tapestry of the universe will be revealed to us in a “theory of everything,” or are physicists stuck in a rut waiting for the next Einstein to come along? Where does theoretical physics stand at the dawn of the third decade of the 21st century?  If we are honest then we must admit that, while what we know about the workings of nature is both extremely accurate and dazzlingly impressive, it is not the final word and there is still much that we have yet to understand, from the origin of space and the meaning of time to what is really lurking behind the quantum curtain. While celebrating its remarkable success, Jim Al-Khalili doesn’t shy away from highlighting the current problems in physics – what we know with confidence and what we have yet to figure out. Al-Khalili gives an honest appraisal of how science, and physics in particular, offers us the only way to uncover the deepest truth about the nature of reality.


Jim Al-Khalili FRS is a quantum physicist, author and broadcaster and one of the best-known science communicators in Britain. He holds a Distinguished Chair in Physics at the University of Surrey where he teaches and conducts his research. He received a PhD in nuclear theory in 1989 and has since published widely on physics and the history of science. He has written twelve books, including his first novel, between them translated into over twenty-six languages. He is a regular presenter of TV and radio science documentaries and programs and is the recipient of numerous honors and prizes, including the inaugural Stephen Hawking Medal. His latest book, The World According to Physics, is published by Princeton University Press.


OMSI Science Pub at the Empirical Theater is a ticketed event. To guarantee a seat at this event, please buy tickets online or at the OMSI front desk. Advanced tickets will be available for purchase until 2:00pm the day of the event. Please show your ticket at the theater entrance upon arrival.


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Science Pub OMSI is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone – no scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!


OMSI's restaurant, Theory will be open from 5-7pm. Enjoy wood-fired pizza, salad, ice cream plus draft beer and cider. The Empirical Cafe will also be open from 5-7:30pm with snacks, sandwiches, and bottled beer, wine and cider.


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