This talk will explore some of the bizarre and amazing consequences of Einstein’s theories of relativity. Starting with why the classical Newtonian view of the universe needed modification, with special relativity we will explore the phenomena of time dilation and spatial contraction. The equivalence of mass and energy will be outlined, with several examples from nuclear and particle physics being described. Finally, we discuss general relativity and its application to gravitational fields and cosmology, and so to black holes and the expansion of the universe.
We offer a wide-ranging and exciting programme with talks by scientists who are established leaders in their field. Evening events normally start at 6.30 p.m. with tea and coffee available from 6.00 p.m. All are welcome. Only school events require advance booking. It would be useful if teachers planning to bring small groups of interested students to evening events would contact one of the branch officers in advance.