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Inner Space, Outer Space: 100 years of General Relativity

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18:00 – 20:00 8 Sep 2015
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International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS)
15 South College Street
EH8 9AA
Edinburgh

Speakers: 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)

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: International Centre for Mathematical Sciences

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Edinburgh
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18:00 – 20:00 8 Sep 2015
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