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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

September 9, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Quantum optics and more mind bending talks on tap

If you can’t wait for the University of Washington Computer Science public lecture series to start in October, you might be interested in a talk next week by quantum optics pioneer Carlos Stroud.

The University of Rochester professor of optics and physics is speaking at the University of Puget Sound’s Schneebeck Concert Hall in Tacoma ay 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17.

In his free talk — “Quantum Weirdness: Technology of the Future?” — he’ll discuss how quantum mechanics may “allow technological breakthroughs that change the way we live, with a quantum weird device in every pocket,” the release said.

The UW computer science department’s distinguished lecturer series begins Oct. 1, with Charles Simonyi discussing his “Return to the Final Frontier” at 3:30 p.m. in the Allen Center Microsoft Atrium.

Others in the series include:

— Nathan Myhrvold and Chris Young of Intellectual Ventures, discussing “Cooking in Silico: Understanding Heat Transfer in the Modern Kitchen” on Oct. 6 at 3:30 p.m.

— Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, “From Cell Phones to Smart Phones to Smart Books — An Exciting Journey,” at 10:30 Oct. 15.

— Microsoft Chief Research Officer Craig Mundie, “Rethinking Computing,” at 4 p.m. Nov. 5 in Kane Hall.

— Stanford’s Pat Hanrahan — a Pixar veteran — on “Why Are Graphics Systems So Fast?,” at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in EEB 105.

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