University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32215
Fax: (519) 746-8115
Faculty, Canada Research Chair
University of Waterloo, department of Physics & Astronomy
Institute for Quantum Computing
On March 14 2018, the Universe has lost one of its admirers, a scientist, communicator and humanist that prodded and answered some of its deepest and most profound properties. Stephen Hawking passed away leaving behind a transformed view of the cosmos. He proved that time had a beginning if Einstein's general relativity is correct, that black ain't so black after all and he proposed that the Universe can be described by a quantum mechanical wave function with no edge or boundaries. From 1984 to 1988 I was one of Stephen's graduate students and worked on quantum cosmology and the arrow of time which earned me a quote in the book: "A Brief History of Time". After a post doctoral fellowship at UBC, I went back to Cambridge for 2 years as a Research Fellow in Stephen's group and met him at various conferences around the world and during his visit in Waterloo. A few years ago I contributed to a book that he wrote with his daughter Lucy "George and the Unbreakable Code". In this talk, I will describe some of Stephen's contribution to our understanding of the Universe and will include in my comments, stories and anecdotes of being one of his students.
We will be alternating each week between the 4:30 PM (RCH 101) slot and the 2:30 PM (STC 1012) slot. Even if it's not "your" section, you are more than welcome to attend (assuming no lab/class conflicts).
The Phys10 Undergraduate Seminar series welcomes everyone to attend.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.