Kosmopolis 19

Talk and screening

Philip Ball and José Ignacio Latorre

That's the story. Keys Aspects and Dilemmas of the Quantum Story

The Quantum StoryOpen Stage

  • Thursday 21 March, 18.00 - 20.00
  • Theatre
  • 3 €

Despite this science still being in its infancy, humans are able to understand and manipulate material at the subatomic level and probe the origins and development of the universe. Scientific development provides the basis for introducing a new disruptive technology: quantum computing. The race to develop the first universal quantum computer is a silent battle that is taking place all over the world. Who will build it first? Will it be a country or a company? Can we protect the economy from the arrival of a machine able to decrypt all communications? The scientist and essayist Philip Ball, winner of the Physics World 2018 award, and Jose Ignacio Latorre, one of Spain’s leading quantum physicists, reveal the key aspects and dilemmas of the great quantum story after the screening of That’s the story.


That’s the story

María T. Soto-Sanfiel and Óscar Cusó / Spain, 2015, 53′, original version subtitled in Spanish

Professor Roy J. Glauber is the last surviving scientist from the theoretical division of the Manhattan Project, the laboratory in which the first nuclear weapons were developed during the Second World War. His clear, fluent and articulate narration tells us first-hand about life in Los Álamos, the character of the main scientists on the project, the first nuclear test, the bombing of Japan and the political consequences that followed. Glauber’s narration is documented with recently declassified film material from the Los Alamos archives.


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