Walrus article examines Quantum Valley

Monday, December 5, 2011

A new article in The Walrus magazine explores how Waterloo has become a science and technology epicentre — and is poised to become the world's Quantum Valley.

Logo for The WalrusIn the new issue of The Walrus magazine, journalist Don Gillmor writes that Silicon Valley will be eclipsed by Quantum Valley, and Waterloo will be poised to capitalize on the moment.

In an article titled The Invention of Waterloo, Gillmor examines how the mid-sized Canadian community has emerged from its industrial and agricultural past to become a science and technology epicentre "that big cities should emulate."

Gillmor interviews science and technology leaders from around Waterloo, including IQC Executive Director Raymond Laflamme.

“With quantum mecahnics, we are learning to speak the language of atoms and molecules,” Laflamme tells Gillmor. “Before, we could look at the effects, but we could hardly control them. Now we have the right language, the right tools and the right methods for controlling them.”

The Walrus specializes in long-form journalism on social issues, the arts and public policy, and is widely regarded as the Canadian equivalent of The New Yorker.

The new article examines the Waterloo’s technological renaissance, tracing its origins back 50 years to the pioneering work in computer science and co-operative education at the University of Waterloo.

Read the entire article at The Walrus online.

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