The Merton College Physics Lecture (the Ockham, or Occam, Lecture, so named in honour of one of the greatest alumni of the College and of his philosophical principle of intellectual discipline) started in 2009 and is held once a term. It is organised by the physics tutors of the College to promote both intellectual curiosity and social cohesion of the Merton Physics community.
|1||The 23rd Ockham Lecture - 'Twisting the Neutron Wavefunction'||Given by Professor Charles Clark, Fellow of the Physical Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland, USA.||Charles Clark||30 Mar 2017|
|2||The 17th Ockham Lecture - 'Physics in the World of Ideas: Complexity as Energy'||Given by Professor Yuri Manin, Professor Emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany; Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA; Principal Researcher, Steklov Mathematical Institute, Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.||Yuri Manin||03 Jun 2015|
|3||Creative Commons||The 16th Ockham Lecture - 'Breaking Into Your Brain'||Given by Dr Aldo Faisal, Senior Lecturer in Neurotechnology, Department of Bioengineering and Department of Computing, Imperial College London, and Associated Investigator, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre.||Aldo Faisal||11 Dec 2014|
|4||Creative Commons||The 1st Ockham Debate: The Problem of Quantum Measurement||According to the 'standard' quantum theory, states evolve with certainty between measurements, but 'collapse' randomly when we measure them. But what is measurement? And why does it (appear to) enjoy a privileged position in the theory?||James Binney, Simon Saunders||05 Jun 2013|