11 am to 12 noon on Saturdays
23, 30 October; 6, 13, 20 and 27 November 2010
James Watt Auditorium, E.K. Technology Park, G75 0QD
(Ample free parking on site)
Einstein is considered the greatest physicist of the 20th century. Einstein’s theory of relativity forever altered our understanding of the Universe. In this series of talks, we shall learn about Einstein’s life and how working in isolation he was able to resolve many of the serious difficulties that physics faced around 1900 AD and prepared the ground for the development of modern physics on which most industry is based.
Without using mathematics, we shall learn about the nature of gravity and make sense of some of the bizarre effects like the twin paradox, bending of light by stars that the theory of relativity predicts.
Speed of light plays a fundamental role in the theory of relativity. It is fascinating to learn how light appears to behave both as a wave and as a stream of particles.
Einstein is best remembered for his theory of relativity but it was his work regarding the nature of light that won him the Nobel Prize in 1921. Einstein resolved the longstanding question about the existence of atoms and molecules, and determined their sizes. Among other groundbreaking discoveries, theory of lasers was developed by Einstein more than 40 years before they were invented.
Talks are free to attend; e-mail ekTalks@yahoo.co.uk to confirm interest. Please check http://ektalks.blogspot.com for updates.