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Saturday Physics for Everyone: Physics Using Computation and Computation Using Physics

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UIUC Physics Department
141 Loomis Laboratory
Sep 9, 2023   9:45 - 11:30 am  
Professor Lucas Wagner
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Irene Lira-Andsager
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Physics - Saturday Physics for Everyone

Physics Using Computation and Computation Using Physics

Physics is known for producing complicated equations that precisely describe the world we observe. Both students and researchers struggle to solve the equations of physics. Computation is a way to overcome these struggles and produce some of the most detailed predictions for our world. Physics also gives us limits and concepts for understanding what can and cannot be computed—and how much energy the computation would take.

The development of our understanding of the world has relied on our being able to compute what physical laws predict, so predictions can be checked against observations. Such computations were critical for the development of all modern physics and continue to play an important role. In this talk, using examples from history, I will discuss how advancements in computing have changed our practice of physics and how our understanding of modern physics has changed our understanding and practice of computation.

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