Rethinking Reality science lecture series


Series Overview (Jan. 30 to March 6)

“Our intuitive understanding of reality comes from what we see and experience, but modern physics tells us that our world is actually stranger than the one we see, hear and touch every day. At extremes of scale, speed and time, our perceptions of the world prove hard to reconcile with established physical law. Here, at the cutting edge of physics where we attempt to reconcile the bizarre domain of quantum mechanics with the cosmic vastness of relativity, we must increasingly rely on new ways of thinking, seeing and experimenting to probe the principles which underlie everything. Join us as five University of Arizona physicists explain their role as pioneers rethinking the rules of reality.”

at UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Way (east of Park Ave.), Mondays at 7 p.m. for 5 weeks (except Feb. 20).

Photos of lecturers & description of their lectures follows:


Keith R. Dienes
Rethinking the Rules of Reality

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Feryal Ozel
The Journey to the Extreme

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Sam Gralla
Space, Time and Gravity

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Elliott Cheu
A Myriad of Particles

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Pierre Meystre
Domesticating the Quantum

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Let us listen, learn and “rethink” our realities.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Sounds like it’s going to get “spooky”. I wish I could attend, I love this stuff.

    I have a theory that if everyone knew what happens with the itty-bitty quantum stuff, how big all those little white dots in the photos from Hubble actually are, and the relationship between the two, we’d all stop fighting and just stare at the sky all day and night mumbling “holy shit” under our breath.

    With a proper amount of awe.

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