San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Tuesday 8 September
Inner Space, Outer Space: 100 years of General Relativity
Fay Dowker, Imperial College, London
This year, 2015, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the theory of gravity we call General Relativity, or GR for short. In the intervening years, GR has been very successful in explaining the physics of Outer Space, of the solar system, of galaxies and of the whole universe on the largest scales that we can observe. I will give an account of some of the underlying concepts of General Relativity that emphasises their intuitive aspects, appealing to the Inner Space of our conscious perceptions to argue that GR is not just more scientifically accurate but more in tune with our intimate experience than its predecessor theory, Newtonian Gravity. It leaves one puzzle unsolved however: how to explain our experience of the passage of time.
(doors open 5.30pm, talk will be followed by a reception to which all attendees are invited)
This public lecture is part of the ICMS workshop on Prospects for Causal Set Quantum Gravity which takes place during the week 7-11 September 2015. This workshop and public lecture are part of ICMS' celebration of the International Year of Light 2015.