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Convergence in Closing

By David Harris

The last day of Convergence had a lighter schedule but started off just as intensely as the rest of the meeting.

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Surprises from the quantum to the cosmos

By David Harris

From Quantum...

Over the past 20 years, the coldest material in the universe, Bose Einstein Condensates, have been used in the lab in increasingly sophisticated ways beyond just making them in the first place. Immanuel Bloch described how lattices of these globs of cold atoms can be used for a wide variety of applications, including the most precise clocks ever made, which are accurate to one second in the 13.7 billion year age of the universe. 

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Beyond the Success of Simplicity

By David Harris

“These are amazing times for physics…. Many of us believe physics is poised for a new revolution.” With those words Perimeter Institute Director Neil Turok officially opened the first Convergence conference.

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The Universe is So Simple, So Puzzling

The universe is confoundingly simple, but understanding it is nowhere near easy. From the smallest to the grandest scales, physics stands at a crossroads.
 
At the opening panel of Convergence on Monday morning, leading thinkers gave a glimpse into their slices of the scientific realm.
 
Cosmologist Paul Steinhardt said science is still searching for a “good story” that pulls together black holes, dark matter, and dark energy.
 
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Celebrating the Sixth Class of Perimeter Scholars International

In a ceremony filled with laughter and some tears, the 2015 class of Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) commemorated an intense year of physics, friendships, and plenty of coffee. 

Thirty-three students from more than a dozen countries participated in the program, which culminated in a bittersweet farewell during Convergence, with many PSI alumni in attendance. 

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Contemplating the most challenging questions in physics

By David Harris
 
What do you get when you bring a hundred or so theoretical physicists together to discuss the burning physics questions of the time? Some very spirited, intriguing, and entertaining conversation.
 
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A First Taste of Convergence

By David Harris
 
Physics conferences have a typical form and feeling. But this Convergence conference has a different sense to it. Arriving last night, I was prepped for science by the hotel restaurant and bar called “Proof” which is decorated with mathematics, including chalkboards drawn by Perimeter Institute scientists. Although not a part of the conference per se, it felt like an appropriate introduction to the meeting. 
 
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The Making of the Convergence Trailer

By now you have probably seen the short "trailer" video for Convergence, in which a Perimeter blackboard is transformed into a work of art... with gravity. 

If you haven't seen it yet, here it is:

 

A bit of back-story: the artist in the video is Chalkmaster Dave, who typically creates perspective-bending works of art on sidewalks and other surfaces around North America. 

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Art and Science Converge

Scientists from around the world will soon converge at Perimeter. Subfields of physics will converge: string theorists will hash out ideas on blackboards with quantum information researchers and particle physicists. 

Bringing together disparate ideas is what sparks new progress. 

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Convergence Profile: Savas Dimopoulos

PI: What is your favourite scientific intersection?