Artur Ekert (born 1961, Poland) is a physicist, mathematician, and one of the inventors of quantum cryptography and quantum information science. Ekert is a professor at the University of Oxford and the National University of Singapore, a top security advisor, a founder of the Centre for Quantum Computation at Cambridge, and the director of the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore; he has been awarded the Maxwell Medal, an Institute of Physics Prize, the Hughes Medal, and the European Union Descartes Prize. He is a Royal Society fellow, and an agnostic.
Script, image, sound, and editing by Karol Jalochowski
Music composed and performed by Jacek Mazurkiewicz
Pioneers is one and only project devoted to the most unorthodox contemporary thinkers who have had the courage to challenge current paradigms. The emotions of discovering and stress-testing new theories; the passion which prompts one to go against the expectations of others, against the “publish or die” model; the joys and sorrows of exploring frontiers of the known and the unknown – this is what the series is about.
This ongoing project is produced by POLITYKA weekly, a leading, European opinion-forming magazine. It is written, directed and edited by Karol Jalochowski, an award-winning science journalist, former outreach fellow of the National University of Singapore.
Other completed episodes of the series:
Daniel C. Dennett / Do Lobsters Have Free Will? (Docs for Sale, IDFA 2016)
Freeman Dyson / Space Dreamer (Docs for Sale, IDFA 2016)
Julian Barbour / Bottom’s Dream (Docs for Sale, IDFA 2016)
Roy Glauber / The Bomb that Shook the World
Gregory and Virginia Chaitin / Against Method
Charles H. Bennett / A Drinking Bird Mystery