Quantum physics

We approach quantum physics from its dilemmas and paradoxes, those that have led us to question the foundations of our knowledge. A space where quantum theory becomes crucial for rethinking the relationship between science and the humanities.


The Quantum Sense

Marta García-Matos

Quantum physics highlights the need for nonsensical humour to give sense to the world: from G. K. Chesterton at his sharpest to the Douglas Adams at his most inquisitive.


The Quantum Sense II: Paradoxes

Marta García-Matos

In the history of quantum physics, three types of paradoxes exist: those that challenge classical physics, those that challenge intuition and common sense, and those that challenge quantum physics itself.

“Reading about quantum theory often feels a little like reading about anthropology: it tells of a far-off land where the customs are strange. We’re comfortable enough about how our world behaves; it’s this other one that’s ‘weird’.”

Philip Ball


The Quantum Sense IV: Why?

Marta García-Matos

Quantum physics questions several of the intuitive conceptions that we construct following daily interaction with the physical world to make sense of it. One of the most profound is causality, because quantum physics shows that an event can exist without any cause.

“I hope you can accept nature as She is – absurd.”

Richard Feynman

“It is probably true quite generally that in the history of human thinking, the most fruitful developments frequently take place a those points where two different lines of thought meet.”

Werner Heisenberg



The Elementary Bestiary

Tamara Vázquez Schröder

Rather than giving you a standard introduction to the modern formulation of particle physics, we are going to take a historical approach.