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Instant Expert – Relativity and Beyond
Sat, October 29, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
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New Scientist presents... Instant Expert – Relativity and Beyond
Have you stared at the night sky and wondered how it all began? Did Interstellar leave you wanting to understand black holes better? Is your mind blown by the recent news about gravitational waves?
Then join us on a 13.8-billion-year journey through the cosmos with six leading experts. On the way, you’ll learn how Einstein’s work sparked a revolution in our understanding of the cosmos; what the news about gravitational waves really means; the nature of the universe’s missing 95%; the extraordinary lengths physicists go to unlock gravity’s secrets and how black holes could hold the key to a theory of everything.
This one-day masterclass offers the chance to learn directly from the experts in the fascinating fields of cosmology and relativity.
- Lisa Barsotti – physicist at MIT and member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) team
- Robert Caldwell – cosmologist at Dartmouth College, focusing on the history and future of the universe
- James Guillochon – ITC Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
- Tasneem Zehra Husain – theoretical physicist, Pakistan's first female string theorist and author of Only the Longest Threads
- David Kaiser – physicist and historian of science at MIT, author of How the Hippies Saved Physics
- Priya Natarajan – professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University
It's been over 100 years since Einstein first published his general theory of relativity and utterly transformed our understanding of the universe. Einstein overturned centuries of thinking about gravity by revealing how it arises from the curvature of space and time. Yet general relativity has had far greater consequences. It has revealed that our universe has been expanding from a hot dense state called the big bang 13.8 billion years ago. It has changed our understanding of space and time. And it predicts that the universe is an extreme place, containing black holes and possibly wormholes.
While we have made great progress, we still have plenty of unfinished business with the cosmos. What can we learn from gravitational waves? How does the dark universe shape our cosmic destiny? What is really happening near black holes? Are we any closer to discovering the ripples in space-time predicted by Einstein? Why is relativity not the final answer?
Join our speakers on a mind expanding trip through space and time.
Topics covered will include:
- Einstein's triumphs and blunders
- How gravitational waves will change astronomy
- The big bang and the possible future of the cosmos
- Dark matter and dark energy
- Black holes
- Theory of everything
Who should attend?
You are curious about astronomy and cosmology and want a step-by-step guide without mathematics. Popular articles have whetted your appetite, yet you have struggled to understand physics textbooks. You want to learn about the frontiers of research from scientists at the front lines.
What's included in your ticket:
- In-depth and engaging talks from 6 leading experts in astronomy and cosmology
- Ask-an-expert Question Time session
- Your chance to meet our six speakers
- Continental breakfast, lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments
- Exclusive Instant Expert – Relativity and Beyond certificate
- Exclusive New Scientist subscription deal, book and merchandise offers, available on the day
- The event will be held at First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough Street in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood. The venue is on the corner of Berkeley St and Marlborough St, and is a short walk from the Arlington St. or Copley Sq. T Stops on the Green Line.
- Doors will open at 9:15am, with talks commencing at 10am sharp. The event will finish at 5pm.
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- A minimum of 100 early bird discount tickets are available priced at $99 (saving $50 on the full ticket price of $149) - sales of early bird discount tickets will end at 23:59 on September 25 2016.
- A limited number of Student tickets are available priced at $79. No other concessionary tickets are available for this event.