The University of Tennessee Department of Physics and Astronomy Presents

Einstein’s Relativity for Everyone

Dr. Tony Mezzacappa

It’s All Relative: Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and Its Implications for Space, Time, and Gravity

Solid State Physics for Everyone

Dr. Hanno Weitering

Condensed Matter Physics: From Stone Age Pottery to Topological Quantum Computing

**All talks begin at 10 a.m., with Q&A from 11 to 11:20 a.m.**

Venue: 415 Nielsen Physics Building

Free parking from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. in the 11th Street Garage

Courtesy of APS and phys.org

Light as Both Particle and Wave (phys.org), Unexpected Trapping of Particles (APS), Double Drain: Single Vortex (APS).

Abstracts

In 1905, in what has been called the Annus Mirabilis, or Miracle Year, Einstein published three papers that shook the foundations of the centuries-old “classical” physics of Galileo and Newton and ushered in the era of “modern” physics, which includes relativity and quantum physics. In particular, his theory of relativity was published over an eleven-year period, beginning with the publication of his Special Theory of Relativity in 1905 and culminating in the publication of his masterpiece, the General Theory of Relativity, in 1916. The General Theory of Relativity is among the greatest achievements of the human mind in humankind’s history. Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity dismantled our classical notions of space and time, reassembling them into a new concept: space-time. The General Theory of Relativity in turn gifted us a physical interpretation of space-time, telling us something no less profound than what space-time is, along with a revolutionary theory of gravity that turned Newton’s theory on its ear. My hope is to guide attendees through these exciting developments, giving each attendee a glimpse at Einstein’s genius and the profound implications his thought has had, and continues to have, on our view of the most fundamental aspects of our experience, and our Universe.

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