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The Edmund Lecture Series 2017-18

A lecture by Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright (Cavendish Lab, University of Cambridge)

University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College are excited to announce a brand new public lecture series with speakers covering a wide range of topics. For further information call 01284 716341 or email 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018,
18:00 to 19:00
E1.01 Suffolk House, West Suffolk College, Out Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3RL

Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright (Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge) presents 'What is so special about Special Relativity? Can we use it to stay younger for longer?'

Historically our perspective led us to believe that we were at the centre if the Universe with the Sun and Plants rotating about us – perspectives can be misleading. This lecture will discuss the importance of ‘perspectives; and how our experiences give an impression of absolute space and time, but this is just an approximation to a more complex model. If we change from our perspective to that of a muon particle hurtling from our atmosphere to the surface of the planet we see that space and time are neither separate nor absolute. Space can be contracted and time dilated – how can this make sense, and how do we avoid paradoxes and contradictions?