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Spring/Summer 2016

Physics discoveries drive progress. There are as many opportunities for discovery today as there have ever been. Quantum science is advancing rapidly, with the prospect of incredible new technologies for computing, sensing, measurement, and communication, which are likely to drive innovation and economic prosperity in the coming decades. Theoretical insights have driven these advances and they will continue to be vital to harnessing the quantum world.

Thinking big is the raison d’etre of Perimeter. We nurture new ideas by opening our doors to the world’s brightest talents, by giving them the maximum research freedom and opportunity, and by sharing our science with the world.

We have been given an incredible opportunity, by our supporters and by the universe. Let’s make the most of it.

From this issue
We have now directly detected gravitational waves. What does it mean for science?
/Nov 17, 2016
Canadian singing scientist Tim Blais puts the groove into gravitational waves with his latest effort for A Capella Science.
/Mar 09, 2016
Condensed matter researcher and Perimeter DVRC Matthew Fisher’s latest work has ushered him into the emerging field of quantum biology…
/Dec 17, 2015
Physicists: they walk among us. That’s obviously true at Perimeter, but what many people don’t realize is that people with…
/Oct 02, 2015
Perimeter Scholars International’s first valedictorian, Imogen Wright, still draws on methods she learned at Perimeter in her genetic testing work…
/Oct 04, 2015
Despite making up the vast majority of stuff in our universe, dark matter remains invisible. But perhaps it’s not inaudible.
/Mar 29, 2016
Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) wanted to show this year’s class what real research – and a real Canadian winter –…
/Nov 05, 2015
Feeling the heat? Munch on some mint! How one humble herb can bamboozle your senses.
/Sep 08, 2015
LIGO’s historic detection of gravitational waves produced a flood of questions from curious youngsters. Good thing the Inside the Perimeter…
/Oct 17, 2016
Theoretical physics is more than a field of study. It’s a tool of discovery. Check out the latest issue of…
/Aug 16, 2016
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