Explore the Possibility of a Fifth Dimension at DU’s Einstein Centennial Lecture
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of physicist Albert Einstein's relativistic theory of gravity-or, as Einstein called it, "general relativity"-Duquesne University's Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences will sponsor the Einstein Centennial Lecture.
The free event on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. in Duquesne's Power Center Ballroom will feature a presentation by Dr. Arlie Petters, professor of mathematics, physics and business administration at Duke University. His lecture, Einstein, Cosmic Shadows and the Fifth Dimension, will focus on Einstein's theory of general relativity, the bending of light in space and the possible existence of a fifth dimension.
According to Petters, general relativity focuses on the influence of gravity on light in space-in particular, how the bending of light by microscopic black holes touches on the idea of a dimension beyond length, width, height and even time. If true, this idea would profoundly impact our perception of the natural world.
In addition to opening up the possibility of a fifth dimension, Dr. Simonetta Frittelli, chair of Duquesne's physics department, said that Einstein's theory also has been at the core of technological advances at the center of our modern lives, such as the high precision of GPS locators.
This lecture is part of a global celebration of Einstein's theory that also will seek to promote public support for science.
"A goal of the international celebrations of the centennial of general relativity, which Duquesne is joining, is to spread awareness that public support for basic science will lead to intellectual achievements that elevate humankind and that make our lives better," Frittelli said. "Public support sometimes means giving someone the free time to think."
This event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. More information-and a quiz about your knowledge of Einstein-are available at www.duq.edu/Einstein.
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