2016 theme is all about relativity
In 2016 it will be 100 years since Einstein published his theory of general relativity. It followed his theory of special relativity published in 1905. Both theories are rather complicated, but basically Einstein argued, in the theory of special relativity, that things like time and space are relative to the state (speed) of the observer – space contracts and time dilates when travelling close to the speed of light.
He determined that space and time act together (space-time) and due to relativity, an event can ‘happen’ at different times for different observers. This theory is where the famous E=mc ² came from. In the general theory of relativity Einstein determined that massive objects cause a distortion in space-time which is felt as gravity. This theory is still the current description of gravitation in modern physics. It was the start of the nuclear age and built on work in the fields of physics and astronomy. These theories allowed the development of things we use every day, such as television, remote controls and lasers.
We have decided to tie the themes together and so the country for the themed evening will be Germany, where Einstein was born in Ulm on 14 March 1879.
The topic for the conference, which will be held on Saturday 25 June at the University of Sussex in Brighton, will be ‘Relatively Speaking’. We are lining up lots of interesting speakers and exciting events and the booking form will be on the back page of the Autumn 2015 of NWR Magazine so do start booking early!
See who our keynote speaker is.
For more information and to book your place, visit our events page.
I have just taken on the LO job at Portishead and have been delighted to have the stimulus of the Relativity idea. My first real visit to the NWR website. Thank you for the content!
One comment - does the conference always have to be in the south. Since I joined it has never come up anywhere near the north-east.
The conference moves around the country. 2015 we were in Glasgow, 2014 it was Bristol. 2013 Liverpool, 2012 Birmingham, 2011 Hatfield.
The Deepings Group have released their 2016 half yearly plan of meetings and events, with the national theme of Relativity firmly at the forefront of it's connectivity. Between 01 Jan and 02 July eighteen meetings are scheduled; seven of which are inspired by Einstein and/or the theme of Relativity. The titles, enticingly I think you'll agree are :
1.The number 12...fascinating facts will be revealed - this is an all participating meeting, we await to find out in which directions this unusual meeting will go.
2. German evening - A variety of topics: History, Quiz, Politics, Science, traditions. All served with German food and drinks. Themed evenings are always well-attended and take contributions from everyone.
3. Relatively Einstein - the man and his work. Led by two members.
4. National conference; so far we have a dozen keen attendees.
5. Ordnance Survey and the history of mapping, led by one member. SO very connective.
6. The Mars One project - taking us to the moon - could we even get there at all without Einstein?
7. We are finding out what binds us in common; by asking "what were you doing in 1966?", fifty years ago.
thanks for your inspiration HQ team
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