The Many Faces of Time

Speaker: 
Harvey Brown - Oxford
Event Date and Time: 
Wed, 2017-04-12 19:30 - 21:00
Location: 
St. Johns' College - Fairmont Lounge / 2111 Lower Mall (UBC)
Local Contact: 
Swarn Rai - 604-822-1383 or pitpoffice@phas.ubc.ca
Intended Audience: 
Public

Time is multifaceted: this talk is designed to expose the various, quite distinct features of time that physicists and others have grappled with in recent centuries. Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean to say two events are simultaneous, and why did Einstein say that simultaneity is relative to the observer? How do we know that a definite period of time elapses between two events? Why did Einstein say time "dilates" when clocks are in motion and when they rise in the Earth's gravitational field? I will try to explain why this miscellany of issues is so important.

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