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Watch Paul Rudd Own Stephen Hawking in a High-Stakes Game of Quantum Chess

On Tuesday, Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter hosted “One Entangled Evening,” a celebration of quantum science’s past, present, and future. This would usually have no bearing on the non-quantum-scientist community, but to promote the event Caltech made the wry short film above, which sees everyman hero Paul Rudd take on Stephen Hawking in a game of “quantum chess.”

To explain: Rudd, who got a taste of the quantum realm in Ant-Man, gets a call from 700-years-in-the-future Keanu Reeves, who insists that Rudd’s participation in “One Entangled Evening,” and victory over Hawking in a board game battle, is essential to the future of humanity. I won’t spoil the rest, but it manages to be educational, entertaining, and a case study in how to get the general public psyched about a science conference.