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What is so special about special relativity: Can we use it to stay younger for longer?

Lecture by Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright from the 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 info email uos@wsc.ac.uk

Wednesday, 13 June 2018,
18:00 to 19:00
Location: 
Room E1.01 in the University building, West Suffolk College, Out Risbygate

Historically our perspective led us to believe that we were at the centre of the Universe with the Sun and planets rotating about us – perspectives can be misleading. In this lecture I 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 separable nor absolute.  Space can be contracted and time dilated – how can this make sense, and how do we avoid paradoxes and contradictions?

Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright is the educational outreach officer at the Cavendish Laboratory and co-director of isaacphysics.org. She is also Fellow and Director of Studies for Physics at Churchill College. Her other roles include membership of the council for the Institute of Physics.  She was awarded a BA Media Fellowship at the Financial Times in 2004 and continues to write book reviews for the Times Higher Educational Supplement and Science and to act as a consultant for BBC News magazine. In conjunction with her research, from 2004 to 2007, Lisa acted as the astronomy consultant for the £15 million redevelopment of the astronomy galleries and planetarium at the Royal Observatory Museum in Greenwich.