Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity Simply Explained

February 22, 29 & March 7
This year is the 100 year anniversary of Einstein's theory of gravity called General Relativity which replaced Newton's law of gravity.  It's also the 110 year anniversary of his theory of space and time called Special Relativity which shows that absolute space and time don't exist.  These theories revolutionized our understanding of the physical world and yet a student can graduate high school and even college without ever learning anything about them...even if they studied lots of science!
In this class you will get a fun but serious introduction to relativity and come away with a new understanding of how the world works (or appears to work, as best we can tell right now) and learn something about yourself in the process.  One thing is for sure, things are not how they look!
Here are a few questions to get you thinking.  They look easy but they are not as easy as they look.
Question 1:  When you are sitting in the HSU library, how fast are you moving?
Question 2:  If you are on an airplane that is flying straight and level at a constant speed, is there any way (without looking outside) to figure out the speed of the airplane?
Question 3:  If you push a book across a table, the book moves across the table.  If you stop pushing the book, it stops moving across the table.  Why does it stop moving across the table?

Thinking about these questions is an excellent start to understanding relativity.
This class is open to all ages and levels of education.  No previous science or physics experience necessary.  All you need bring to the class is your curiosity and any questions you have.
Instructor:  Phil Lazzar has taught this class through Center Activities, OLLI, as well as been a guest speaker at grade schools in Arcata, McKinleyville, and Fortuna.  He has spent a lot of time and effort in figuring out how to present it in a way that you can understand it.  For questions about the class or supplementary materials, you can reach him at PhilLazzar@gmail.com.

Program Fee: 
$8 HSU Students • $13 All Others
Day and Time: 
Mondays • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
HSU Science Building • Room A 564


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