"Illustrated Special Relativity Through Its Paradoxes" at Georgia Tech

- This event is sponsored by the School of Physics at Georgia Tech as part of their Inquiring Minds Series and is free and open to the public.
- The Clough Commons is located immediately behind the Georgia Tech Library. Consult this webpage for directions and parking options.
- Word has it that the Peters Parking Lot (E52 on this JPEG map) is free starting at 5:35 pm.
- Gather outside the auditorium after the lecture. If there's enough interest we will consider adjourning to nearby 5 Seasons Brewing - Westside for dinner.
"Illustrated Special Relativity Through Its Paradoxes" at Georgia Tech

John de Pillis, Professor
Department of Mathematics
University of California, Riverside

A basic assumption of special relativity is that the speed of light in a  vacuum is the same for all observers regardless of their speeds or the speed of the light source. Consequences of this simple axiom are profound. For example, rods in motion shrink in the direction of motion, and clocks in motion always run slower than stationary clocks.

Please join us as renowned cartoonist, animator and professor of mathematics, John de Pillis, demonstrates how the Lorentz transformation, the mathematical cornerstone of special relativity, can be derived using only a little basic linear algebra. Through the geometry of Minkowski diagrams, John will also help us understand some of the better-known paradoxes of Einstein's theory.

John's new book on this topic is entitled Illustrated Special Relativity Through its Paradoxes: A Fusion of Linear Algebra, Graphics, and Reality.

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  • Bob G.

    Hi folks, my daughter and I got there right at 7 and didn't have time to try to identify the Science Tavern group. We enjoyed the lecture, however, and I even asked a question near the end (and then went down and bought the book).
    Since we hadn't connected with any of you, and my daughter had to hurry back home to meet a friend who had just arrived from out of town, we didn't attempt to go to 5 Seasons afterwards.
    Hope everyone enjoyed it.

    April 2

    • Marc M.

      Sorry, Bob - About 5 of us hung around in the auditorium after the talk. I went out and looked for you in the lobby before we headed off to the restaurant. Hope we can hook up next time. - Marc

      April 3

    • Bob G.

      Hi Marc, I was down front for a while buying the book - yes, I hope so too.

      April 3

  • Lew L.

    Interesting and thought provoking talk.

    1 · April 2

  • Bill E.

    Dr. de Pillis was very good! There are parts of this subject that have always made my head hurt. This lecture helped clear up some of the fog. Good visuals, good presenter and, as is usually the case with the Atlanta Science Tavern, well worth the time.

    1 · April 2

  • Jennifer

    What room number?

    April 2

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