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Each year, The Science Center hosts six Science Cafes free to the public. Three in the spring and three in the fall. Through our relationship with Southern Illinois University Carbondale, we have access to scientists and researchers from various fields of study.  Each month one such individual presents new findings in his or her area of expertise. From geology to archaeology, marketing to neuroscience, Science Cafes have something to offer everyone.

Science Cafes are held on Thursdays at 7:00pm.  Come early for free coffee and conversation.  For more information, call or stop by the Science Center today!

Next Science Café : October 26, 2017 at 7:00pm

Eric Chitambar, SIU Physics: “What is a Qubit?”

From computers to smartphones, technology provides powerful ways to store and transmit information.  However, there are limitations to the speed and storage  capacity of these devices.  To study these limitations, scientists model information in terms of “bits’’ that are encoded into different configurations of a physical system.

Recently, scientists have begun to investigate the possibility of encoding information within the subatomic world of quantum mechanics, where bits of information are now called “quantum bits”, or qubits. The mysterious properties of quantum mechanics allow for new computing and communication methods that can surpass certain limitations of current technology.

Do qubits have the potential to revolutionize information processing?


Place:  The Science Center, University Mall, Carbondale

Time:  7:00 P.M.

Admission:  free, everyone welcome.  Come early, have a    complimentary cup of Gloria Jean’s coffee.