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The second kind of impossible

Date: Monday, March 18, 2019 16:00 - 17:00
Speaker: Paul Steinhardt (Princeton University)
Location: Raiffeisen Lecture Hall
Series: Institute colloquium
Host: Robert Seiringer
Contact: Arinya Eller
Central building lecture hall

Abstract:

Quasicrystals are exotic forms of matter with symmetries that were once thought to be mathematically impossible.  The first known examples were synthesized in the laboratory over 35 years ago, but could Nature have beaten us to the punch?  This talk will describe the decades-long search to answer this question, resulting in one of the strangest scientific stories you are ever likely to hear.

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