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Quantum Leap

In October 1962, the attention of the science world was on Xavier when the University hosted a conference on the foundations of quantum mechanics. Some of the world’s best physicists walked around campus, including Nobel Prize winners P.A.M. Dirac, then of Cambridge University, and Eugene P. Wigner of Princeton, who was known as the father of the atomic bomb.

The 40th anniversary of that historic gathering is being commemorated this year by the department of physics.

“It was probably the last time we’ve had a significant gathering—and maybe the only time at Xavier that Nobel Laureate scientists have gathered—to discuss the important things of the time,” says physics department chair Terry Toepker.

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