Professor Sir Michael Berry will visit the University of Arizona during the week of February 10. Professor Berry received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1965 from St. Andrews University in Scotland. Best known for the discovery of Geometric Phase (now named after him), he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Institution, a Foreign Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the National Academy of Science of the U.S. His many awards include the Wolf Prize in Physics, Royal Medal of the Royal Society, Naylor Prize of the London Mathematical Society, Paul Dirac Medal and prize of the Institute of Physics, Kapitsa Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Julius Edgar Lilienfeld prize of the American Physical Society, and Polya Prize of the London Mathematical Society. He also shared (with Andrey Geim) the 2000 Ig Nobel prize in Physics for elucidating the Physics of Flying Frogs.
This lecture is titled "How Quantum Physics Democratized Music." Connections between physics and technological invention and aspects of human life that seem far from science are both unexpected and unexpectedly common. And rather than flowing one way − from physics to gadgets − the connections form an intricate web, linking all aspects of human culture, in a way that frustrates our convenient compartmentalization and coarse interventions aimed at promoting technology transfer. Berry will discuss this theme not abstractly but with examples, ranging from music to the color of gold, and explain how quantum physics helps him do quantum physics.