Speakers: Dr Peter Ford (formerly of the University of Bath) and Dr Vincent Smith (formerly of the University of Bristol.)
This is a one-hour talk (with audience participation!) about Einstein’s life and times, and particularly his three great revolutionary ideas of 1905. The talk was originally created for Einstein Year (2005) and we have since given the talk to schools and other audiences more than 100 times, all over England, and even in France and Australia! The talk is not just about Physics: there is a bit of Chemistry, History, Geography, English Literature, etc!
We talk about the world in 1879, the year of Einstein's birth, then a bit about his early life. We cover his three revolutionary ideas from 1905: his explanation of Brownian Motion, which was the first convincing physical evidence for molecules; his explanation of the Photoelectric effect, the first evidence for what we nowadays call photons; and the first description of what became Special Relativity. (All these topics are explained for the uninitiated!) There is a bit of audience participation, and we can take some time for discussion at the end.
Image: Albert Einstein and his wife Mileva in 1912 (Unknown Photographer, Wikimedia Commons)