Physics Controversies Past and Present | University of Oxford

Physics Controversies Past and Present

Event date
Event time
10:30 - 17:00
Venue
Department of Physics
Parks Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3PU
Venue details

Martin Wood Lecture Theatre

Event type
Conferences
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

Over the centuries the progress of physics has been marked by theoretical hypothesis investigated by experimental verification or falsification, or by experimental discovery seeking a theoretical explanation. In both circumstances, controversies have often raged before a generally accepted view is adopted. This conference will look at some famous examples starting with the observations and theory of Copernicus challenging the centuries-old theological explanation of the heavens right up to one of the most recent, the claim by a major experimental group to have observed neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light in apparently direct contradiction of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity.

Registration to attend this conference is free, but must be confirmed using the Conference booking form online.