To button up our end-of-year programming, The Academy is offering a FREE lecture in conjunction with the Academy’s inaugural Giving Week.
Wednesday, Nov. 18, Noon-2
(with 15 minutes at 12:45 for cake eating and a passing period for those with a 1 p.m. class)
Einstein’s Key to the Universe – The 100th Anniversary of General Relativity
Einstein’s greatest achievement was his General Theory of Relativity which he presented to the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin 100 years ago in November, 1915.
This discovery gave birth to the new science of cosmology which studies the structure, birth, and fate of the entire universe. Huge advances in cosmology have occurred throughout the 20th century and into the present.
His success would make him the first international scientific celebrity. Einstein overcame personal health problems as well as the strife created by his pacifism in the midst of fervent nationalism while World War I raged.
Anger and revenge against him would follow him through the 1920s in Weimar Berlin and intensify with the rise of National Socialism. He fled Germany for the United States just before Hitler became chancellor in 1933.
I will provide an overview of the key concepts of General Relativity and discuss the culture, personal issues, and harsh times that Einstein had to overcome.
Speaker: John Anderson worked in technical sales and support in the computer industry for 30 years. Retirement allowed him to resume an undergraduate interest in physics and the history of science. He has facilitated several science classes at the Academy and OLLI, including “Neutrinos: Ghost Particles”, “The Great Equations,” “Feynman Physics Fest” and “Particle Physics for Non-Scientists.” He escaped to Colorado 26 years ago after a score of years in the New York/New Jersey area, including seven years on Wall Street. He has a degree in physics from Yale.