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Prof. N. David Mermin, Horace White Professor of Physics Emeritus of Cornell Univ., will give the Physics Dept.'s annual Robert Hofstadter Memorial Lecture on Monday evening, April 4, 2011. The lecture is entitled, "Spooky Actions at a Distance?" and the abstract reads in part: "Einstein's real complaint about the quantum theory was not that it required God to play dice, but that it failed to "represent a reality in time and space, free from spooky actions at a distance." I shall use the rhetorical device of a computer-simulated lecture demonstration (a cartoon version of real experiments in Vienna) to explain both the power of Einstein's criticism and the remarkable fact that the "reality" he insisted upon is neverthless impossible."