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Instant Expert: Relativity and Beyond

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New Scientist presents...

Instant Expert: Relativity and Beyond

***TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON THE DOOR AT THE EVENT - DOORS OPEN AT 9:15am***

Have you stared at the night sky and wondered how it all began? Were you intrigued by the recent discovery of gravitational waves? Is your mind blown by black holes?

Then join us on a 13.8-billion-year journey through the cosmos with five leading experts. On the way, you’ll learn how Einstein’s work sparked a revolution in our understanding of the cosmos; why the discovery of gravitational waves is so revolutionary; the nature of the universe’s missing 95%; the extraordinary lengths physicists go to unlock gravity’s secrets and our attempts to formulate a theory of everything.

Hosted by acclaimed author Stuart Clark, our one-day masterclass offers the chance to learn directly from the experts in the fascinating fields of cosmology and relativity.


Speakers:

  • Andrew Pontzen, a Royal Society University Research Fellow in theoretical cosmology at University College London. His research spans the early universe to the present day
  • Catherine Heymans, professor of astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh, and a European Research Council Fellow. She specialises in observing the dark side of our universe
  • Sheila Rowan, director of the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow. She designs and develops detectors that push the frontiers of gravitational wave astrophysics
  • Heino Falcke, professor of radio astronomy at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He proposed a method to take the first images of black holes
  • Ruth Gregory, professor of mathematics and physics at Durham University. Her fields of specialisation are general relativity and cosmology. (Ruth will be giving two different talks at this event).
  • Hosted by Stuart Clark, New Scientist consultant and best-selling author of The Sun Kings and The Unknown Universe


Overview:

It's 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
  • What gravitational waves will reveal about the cosmos
  • The Big Bang and cosmic history
  • Dark matter and dark energy
  • Black holes
  • Theory of everything
  • And much more


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 coalface.


What's included in your ticket:

  • Six in-depth and engaging talks from five leading experts in physics and cosmology
  • Ask-an-expert Question Time session
  • Your chance to meet our five speakers and host Stuart Clark
  • Buffet lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Exclusive Instant Expert certificate
  • Exclusive on-the-day New Scientist subscription deal, book and merchandise offers


Booking information:

  • The event will be held in The Pioneer Theatre at the Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street.
  • Doors to the Auditorium will open at 9:15am, with talks commencing at 10am sharp. The event will finish at 5pm.
  • We require the name of each person attending - please ensure this is provided at the time of booking. If you need to change the name of an attendee, please notify us as soon as possible at: live@newscientist.com
  • Eventbrite will email you your ticket(s) immediately after purchase. Please remember to bring your ticket with you as you'll need it to gain entry. We can scan tickets from a print out, or off the screen of a phone / tablet / smartwatch.
  • The ticket price includes a buffet lunch, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments.
  • The schedule / exact running order for the day will be confirmed closer to the event, and will be emailed to all ticket holders.
  • Should you require details about disabled access, please contact us at: live@newscientist.com
  • Tickets are non-transferable to any other New Scientist event.
  • All tickets are non-refundable, however if the event has sold out then we may be able to offer a refund if we are able to sell your ticket(s) to someone on the event waitlist (please note that there is no guarantee that we will be able to sell on your ticket(s)). Please email us at live@newscientist.com to notify us. In the event of the event selling out, all requests of this nature will be dealt with in the order in which they are received.
  • New Scientist reserves the right to alter the event and its line-up, or cancel the event. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all tickets will be fully refunded. Neither New Scientist nor its parent company will be liable for any additional expenses incurred by ticket holders in relation to the event.
  • Tickets are subject to availability and are only available in advance through Eventbrite.
  • A minimum of 75 early bird discount tickets are available priced at £99 (saving £30 on the full ticket price of £129), and a minimum of 50 student tickets priced at £79. No other concessionary tickets are available for this event.
  • This event was previously advertised as having six speakers. There will be five speakers, with Ruth Gregory giving two different talks on the day.


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