Professor and Writer
Conference : Do atoms take their time?
Normand Mousseau is a professor of physics at the Université de Montréal and director of the Trottier Energy Institute at Polytechnique Montréal. Specialist, especially, of the long-time evolution of complex materials, including metal alloys, glasses and proteins, he is also interested in the popularization of science. For six years, he produced and hosted the weekly science program "La grande équation" on Radio VM in Quebec .The question of change is of interest to him at all levels, and he is also pursuing work in energy and climate policy. He has published several general public books on the subject. His most recent, "Winning the Climate War. Twelve myths to debunk " was published, in French, in 2017.
How does matter around us evolve? Does it have an integrated clock? Do all matters age the same way? We often ask these questions when we think of the living -- the answers, then, are a matter or perception or biology. What about, however, protons, atoms, and various materials around us? Each seems to live at his own pace, as we will see, in a universe that seems very far from ours even though, we are all part of it.