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How the Hippies Saved Physics


In this engaging conversation, MIT historian and physicist David Kaiser describes the 1960s-era physicists who transformed the filed of quantum physics. In recent years, the field of quantum information science has catapulted to the cutting edge of physics. Long before the big budgets and dedicated teams, however, the ideas that now occupy the core of quantum information science were generated by a group of young counter-culture physicists.  

Presented by WGBH, Cambridge Science Festival and MIT Museum

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David Kaiser, Director, MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society; Associate Professor (STS) and Senior Lecturer, MIT Department of Physics. 

How the Hippies Saved Physics

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Kaiser elected fellow of the American Physical Society