The piece touched on more than one philosophical interpretation of quantum mechanics, introduced the idea of a photon as a particle-like packet of light, explored fundamental differences between particles that are classified as fermions and those classified as bosons, explained one of the physical mechanisms that can lead to perfect electrical conductivity, and gave a recipe for creating superfluids of ultracold atoms. Simultaneously it was a story about friendship, about following your curiosity and hanging out with mysterious strangers, about one fairly intense dance, and one really wild game of Clue.
When I agreed to be the Production Manager for Quantum Voyages, I knew that it would be a very different experience compared to research projects that made up my doctoral degree in theoretical physics. I didn’t know how rich and powerful it would be.
I watched Quantum Voyages premier sitting between its lighting and sound designers. I had just wished a happy eightieth to the famous physicist Sir Anthony J. Leggett. My thesis advisor, Prof. Smitha Vishveshwara, took the small stage in the center of a packed hotel ballroom and introduced the night’s narrative alongside her collaborator and devised theater maker Latrelle Bright. Physicists had flown-in from all parts of the country to celebrate Prof. Leggett by holding a conference, and now they were about to experience a very different celebration of some of the physics they shared. The play’s two protagonists, Terra (Earth) and Akash (Sky), stepped onto the stage and their journey started to unravel fast, with lots of colors and flashing lights.