November 21, 2013 “Fin de Siecle: A Collage of Arts and Sciences in Turmoil” Prof. Jim Ford, USM Department of Chemistry
The period 1890-1915 was a tumultuous era in science, art and society. As classical physics shuddered under blows by Planck and Einstein, echoing insults were delivered to the arts by the likes of Stravinsky and Picasso. This talk will present the early history of quantum mechanics against the backdrop of modern art, music and the Great War.
Professor Ford has been teaching quantum mechanics for 11 years, visited a number of art museums, and seen a ballet or two. He is usually smart enough not to air his ignorance of the latter two subjects in public.