Perimeter Institute–Stephen Hawking Centre opens… Wow!

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Let me start off by saying simply this: holy macaroni!

Last Sunday was my first-ever visit to Waterloo’s own Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics with the double-plus bonus of touring the newly-opened Stephen Hawking Centre, an unbelievable expansion to an already amazing facility.  Ok, that’s a lot of superlatives, but really… wow.

Picture walk with me…

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The new part.

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Car-free Sunday, too.

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Queued.  Good thing I registered.

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Just followed the arrows on the self-guided walking tour.  Smart.

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There is not a perpendicular angle in this whole place.  The drywallers must have been here forever.

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Chalkboards everywhere and y’all knew this would resonate with my exploration of the Evidence of Human Life theme.  Compare and contrast the PI wall-writing above with factory wall-writing I captured at the Rumpel Felt, American Standard, and RMS sites.  Fantastic dynamic range of human thought.

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Loved the different levels, separated by glass.  Gives this feeling of continuous interior space while allowing insulated working areas.  I think this is where architects really make their money.

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View!

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Speaking of architects: some were on hand with these models to talk about the building.

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My Waterloo.

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Hey, our friends from…

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IQC were there, too. Stopped by to say hello to Martin and Evan.

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Interactive in the courtyard.

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This rig reminded me of the human-scale double slit experiment we did for Steel Rails.  Nice.

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I had camera envy.

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Half expecting Ms. Frizzle to jump out…

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Huge thanks to Perimeter Institute.  You totally nailed it with friendly and informed volunteers (who brought funky physics toys for us to play with while in line), a well-laid out tour path that we could take at our own pace, availability of scientists to chat with, a well-organized tour reservation system, and a stellar facility.

Happy making,

DW

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1 Response to Perimeter Institute–Stephen Hawking Centre opens… Wow!

  1. Greg says:

    Thanks DW!
    It was terrific to see such tremendous interest in PI and the science that this institute represents. We, the PI team, truly enjoyed hosting everyone.

    Cheers,
    Greg

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