Resistance. You can’t leave home without it. Try walking without resistance and you might as well be in a minefield of banana peels. Cars slide right off the road. You can forget lifting weights, or even lifting food to your mouth on a fork. You can’t talk, or blow dry your hair. And it’s not just the physical world: Growing up is all a matter of resistance, as is a good deal of progress in politics, science and art. No matter what realm you’re in, you can’ t move forward without pushing back.
For this month’s Categorically Not!, USC physicist Stephan Haas will talk about how
resistance reveals the hidden quantum properties of matter behind such mysterious
effects as superconductivity, knowledge that could lead to the development of “intelligent”
materials. Stephan is also part of the USC early music ensemble, and will perform
(on recorder) along with Daniel Zuluaga, who specializes in the lute family of instruments.
A music scholar currently preparing an edition of the collected works of Spanish
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