Australian Institute of Physics

South Australian Branch

Public lecture

Details of a
presented by the
Australian Institute of Physics
(SA branch)

at 7:30 pm on Wednesay 22th June 2005 in

Union Hall at the University of Adelaide


"Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity: Light, Time and Space"

by Prof. David Jamieson ,

(Melbourne University)
President of the Australian Institute of Physics

The strange mutability of light, time and space came out of the June 30 1905 publication of Einstein's titled "On the electrodynamics of moving bodies". Taking ideas from Galileo, the electromagnetism of Maxwell and abolishing Newton's idea of the celestial clockwork, Einstein showed how space and time mix and match depending on your point of view. This lecture looks at the startling consequences of these ideas for the real world.

Picture from the lecture:

Professor Jamieson conducted several demonstrations during the lecture, including this one with a moving magnet and coil.