SciBraai is excited to be promoting local science-, technology- and innovation-related events in the Mother City. This month, these events get to grips with one of the most complex concepts in physics: string theory! There is also a discussion on how bitcoins work.
Don’t worry though, these talks are aimed at the public, so the academic mumbo-jumbo will be kept to a minimum. You can expect simple explanations and lively discussion.
KAT-O: From fiction to science – covering the string theory and bitcoins
Together with Marcus Swanepoel, we will explore the history, present and future of crypto-currencies to gain a better understanding of why this might be one of the most disruptive technologies of our age.
Marcus Swanepoel (@mybitx) is a co-founder and CEO of BitX, a global crypto-currency platform focused on emerging markets. Before BitX Marcus worked for Standard Chartered in Singapore and Morgan Stanley and 3i in London. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, a CFA charter holder and has an MBA from INSEAD.
Dr Jonathan Shock will be talking to us about the string theory – the only consistent picture we have developed which ties together Einstein’s picture of space and time, and the early twentieth century’s discoveries about the quantum nature of the universe. He will give a quick overview of the subject and compare it with the journey we took from learning about quantum mechanics and relativity, to finding implementations of these theories in the real world. How long will it be until with have applications for string theory? The jury is still very much out on that, and while it may be a long time off, it will be fascinating to see what comes of it.
Science Café Cape Town: A briefer history of strings