Quest Lecture: The Cornerstones of Physical Reality

Join Physical Sciences tutor Andrew Hamilton for our February Quest Lecture, The Cornerstones of Physical Reality.
Where: Community Room
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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What makes up the world around us and how do we know it’s there?

Our understanding of the answers to these questions lies in the conceptual pillars of quantum mechanics and relativity. While these theories may seem non-intuitive, they provide an astonishingly beautiful explanation of the world around us.

In this talk, Dr. Hamilton will explain how some of the phenomena around us come from these two theories of the natural world and present some of the ways these theories are being tested.

About the speaker

Andrew is a physicist who believes that physics is simple; the tough part is finding the simplicity.  His research in particle physics attempts to explain our universe with one underlying theory.

Born near Toronto in the late 70’s, he did his HBSc in physics at York University.  He completed his MSc in astro-particle physics and PhD in particle physics at the University of Alberta working on the CDF experiment at Fermilab, a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory near Chicago.  He then moved to the University of Geneva (Switzerland) working as a research associate on the ATLAS experiment at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN).  He started at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) in 2011 and spent six years building an ATLAS research group there.  Andrew joined Quest in 2017, bringing his teaching and research experience into the physical sciences component of our program.

He enjoys watching that moment when a student finally sees the simplicity in a thing that once seemed complex.  He believes that the responsibility of a teacher is to inspire a curiosity in the student then provide a platform for the student to explore that curiosity.  He lives in Squamish with his wife and two children.  An enthusiastic cyclist and runner, he believes that life can take you amazing places if you let it.