Physicist Herb Bernstein to talk teleportation in Five College Jackie Pritzen lecture

April 2, 5 p.m. at Hampshire College’s Franklin Patterson Hall

Understanding the physics of teleportation—without using math—will be one topic explored by Hampshire College physicist Herb Bernstein, a Five College 40th Anniversary Professor who will be delivering this year’s Five College Jackie Pritzen Lecture.

“SuperDense Quantum Teleportation: Sciences for the 21st century, service to society and the roles of the ISIS Institute at Hampshire College” will explain the teleportation effect, what the ISIS institute is, and the connection between service to society and the moral epistemology of modern physics. Bernstein will end by asking how science can be made to serve us all in the 21st century. The lecture will be presented at 5 p.m. on April 2 at Hampshire College’s Franklin Patterson Hall. It is free and open to the public.

A longtime Hampshire professor, Bernstein’s teaching and research have focused on science and society, the effects of modern knowledge, quantum interferometry, information and teleportation, and theoretical modern physics. He is a founder and president of the Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies (ISIS) at Hampshire, within which he studies the philosophy of physics and the relationship between physics and society. From 1984 to 2004 Bernstein held a visiting scientist position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, heading an international research team exploring quantum teleportation, computation and communication.

Bernstein earned a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego, all in physics. The American Physical Society cited Bernstein's broad impact on science when they elected him as a Fellow in 2003. Bernstein was a Mina Shaughnessy Scholar, a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and recipient of the Sigma Xi Science Honor Society "Procter" Prize.

The annual Five College Jackie Pritzen Lecture is named for longtime member of the consortium staff, Jackie M. Pritzen, who worked with many different faculty groups during her 25 years with the consortium. The lectures were initiated in tribute to the central role that faculty play in furthering cooperation among the five institutions, and to celebrate a distinguished faculty member whose scholarship, teaching and service continue that work.

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Kevin Kennedy