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The theory of relativity using your phone

  • Monday, December 05, 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Carnegie Science Center and Zoom


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Café Scientifique

The theory of relativity: Understanding Einstein’s theory using your phone

Monday, December 5, 2022

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Carnegie Science Center and Zoom


Dr. Ira Rothstein, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Carnegie Mellon University

If someone told you that they could make time pass slower or faster, you would think they were talking more about magic than science. But in fact, sometimes the line between science and magic can be blurred by the untrained eye. In this talk, Dr. Rothstein will discuss the (real) magic of the theory of relativity and demonstrate that everyone can grasp it without the need of any mathematics whatsoever with the aid of an app that was developed at CMU called “relatively simple.” Along the way, guests may discover some (fake?) magic.

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About Dr. Rothstein

Dr. Ira Rothstein is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include black holes, physics, the physics of elementary particles, and the Higgs boson and the nature of quantum matter. His work focuses on the application of Effective Field Theory (EFT) to study complex, non-linear, strongly-coupled systems. Dr. Rothstein has studied Higgs boson production at the Large Hadron Collider, used quantum field theory to calculate classical gravity wave profiles for inspiralling black holes, and applied EFT techniques to novel quantum aspects of solids. 

Register for Café Sci


The event is FREE to attend, but preregistration is required! Carnegie Science Center would like to continue to offer programs like Café Sci, Women in STEM, and others. Please consider making a donation when you register. Once you sign up, you’ll get an email confirmation. Have a question for the presenter? You’ll be able to type your questions in the Q&A section during the presentation!

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