From Space to Spacetime

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10:30 - 17:00
Department of Physics
Parks Road
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Martin Wood Lecture Theatre

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Since antiquity there has been a fascination with the notions of space and time, with Aristotle's philosophy remaining dominant until the advent of the heliocentric Copernican system of the Solar System, which marked the first steps of modern rational science in its understanding of these concepts. This culminated in the Newtonian theory of familiar three-dimensional space and absolute time. However, the absence of a supposed ether, as established by Michelson and Morley, ushered in the Special Theory of Relativity and the entwined relationship between space and time, whilst Einstein's General Theory revealed a more complicated geometry of the two through curved spacetime. This conference will trace our understanding of space and time across the ages up to the latest knowledge of spacetime and the expanding Universe.