Ideas at the heart of quantum theory, to do with randomness and the character of the molecules that make up the physical matter of our brains, lead some researchers to suggest humans can’t have free will.
Schrödinger dreamed up a cat that, thanks to quantum physics, is half-alive and half-dead. Einstein worried about spooky action at a distance. Now Google is trying to build a quantum computer and we can communicate secretly using quantum particles. This is not even a century of progress in quantum physics. It sounds like science fiction, but that’s your job. We invite you to pick up the threads of this story and tell a new tale.
Surprise us. Thrill us. Move us. Entertain us. Take inspiration from quantum theory to write flash fiction: a story no longer than 1000 words. Visit our inspiration pages for help getting started. You have until 11:59:59 PM ET on 1 December 2015 to enter.
Greg is the Director of Educational Outreach at Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Greg’s team delivers outreach programming across Canada and internationally that includes coast to coast television broadcasts, large scale science festivals, and an educational program that reaches one million students each year. Greg is an Advisory Board member on Canada’s Science and Technology Awareness Network, the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame Selection Committee and on the Laurier Center for Women in Science as part of his commitment to scientific outreach. Prior to leading the Outreach team, Greg was the Science Chair at Galt Collegiate Institute where he taught high school physics for 16 years. He is a passionate advocate of scientific literacy.