On January 26th 2016, Caltech hosted One Entangled Evening, a night of science and entertainment celebrating Richard P. Feynman’s quantum legacy. A sold-out crowd in Beckman Auditorium embarked on a journey through the quantum realm with IQIM Director John Preskill, Nobel laureate Dave Wineland, and Microsoft Senior Researcher Krysta Svore as their guides. Mirroring the predictions about quantum science made by Feynman 30 years ago, which are now being realized, these experts shared their own visions of the future.
In the true spirit of Feynman, the program also included artistic and humorous elements. The program opened with Feynman himself, played by amateur actor and NASA/JPL engineer Steve Collins, performing an excerpted monologue from one of the Messenger Lectures. John Preskill brought down the house in the second act singing “One Entangled Evening” with entertainer Gia Mora, but perhaps the most unexpected surprise in the evening’s program was a video chess match between the legendary physicist Stephen Hawking and actor Paul Rudd narrated by none other than Keanu Reeves.
The evening also included appearances by tech billionaire Yuri Milner and Caltech president Thomas F. Rosenbaum, a video from Bill Gates, and thoughtful remarks by Richard Feynman’s daughter Michelle Feynman.