- 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.