Visit TVO.org at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, for an illuminating look at soft matter physics
Have you ever made custard or pudding that was too runny? You could try adding cornstarch. Or you could use soft matter physics to make your custard so hard it could stop a shot from an assault rifle.
Visit this page at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 for “Bulletproof custard: fluids that stop flowing when you push them too hard,” a lecture from the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo. Michael Cates from the University of Cambridge will explain how under certain conditions soft matter can change states — such as going from liquid to solid — and what that means for food production, the development of building materials and the creation of life-saving technologies.
The Perimeter Institute’s public lectures are held approximately once per month. TVO is streaming the entire 2016-2017 series.
Image provided by Rory MacLeod.