On August 30, Martin Laforest wrote a blog post about how to create a 4,000 square foot museum exhibition about an invisible science. That exhibition, QUANTUM: The Exhibition, came to life at THEMUSEUM for an invitation-only premiere on October 13, 2016 and then for the general public the next day.
First, Raymond Laflamme, executive director of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) gave a private tour to the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism and MP Raj Saini (Kitchener-Centre).
When the rest of the invitees arrived at THEMUSEUM, they watched welcome videos featuring University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Stephen Hawking who had a personal message for Laflamme, his former student. Some of those clips can be found in this video of the launch:
Afterwards, the guests had the chance to experience the exhibit and discover quantum for themselves.
QUANTUM: The Exhibition has many hands-on activities to convey some of the complex concepts. For example, below, guests here get a sense of what the famous double-slit experiment is all about.
A gentleman at QUANTUM: The Exhibition uses diamond as a sensor to scan samples. Quantum sensors are incredibly sensitive.
Guests discover the power of quantum by comparing different tasks such as search, factoring large numbers and more. For each of these tasks, the quantum algorithm provides an advantage.
Make sure you get to downtown Kitchener to see QUANTUM: The Exhibition before January 1, 2017. After that it starts its 2017 cross-Canada tour in Vancouver, BC.