EinsteinFest - 2005

EinsteinFest

 

Sunday Oct 09, 2005
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In 1905, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen completed the first ever transit of the fabled Northwest Passage, culminating a centuries long quest that had claimed ships and lives. Amundsen\'s feat was one of many human achievements in the first decade of the new century, and a landmark in the history exploration. Amundsen\'s voyage was preceded by the controversial North Pole expedition of Robert Peary, another long sought prize of explorers.

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Sunday Oct 09, 2005
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Albert Einstein worked in the Swiss Patent Office in 1905. What was the new world of technology that a patent examiner would have confronted in the young century? Robert Friedel, historian of technology and author of several books on inventions of this period shows why this period a century ago was as exciting and disorienting an age of technological change as our own--maybe even more so!

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Saturday Oct 08, 2005
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Russell Smith, European fashion, early 20th century, 19th century, Edwardian Era, social life, England, France, aesthetics

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Saturday Oct 08, 2005
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Peter Jakab, Wright Brothers, flying machines, Control, power, lift, aerodynamics, wind tunnel, airplane, aeronautics,

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Tuesday Oct 04, 2005
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At the turn of the century, numerous figures were attempting to form a new unitary science of psychology, modelled on how they imagined sciences like physics and chemistry functioned, with the discovery of universal laws and discoverers who would be proclaimed to be on the scale of Copernicus and Newton. It was intended that the formation of this new science would be nothing less than the completion of the scientific revolution, and that as a consequence, it would transform psychiatry, psychotherapy, the human sciences and indeed, all walks of life.

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Sunday Oct 02, 2005

Few, if any, papers have attracted as much attention as Einstein’s June paper on the Special Theory of Relativity and no equation of physics has become part of common discourse except for the equation Einstein presented in his September paper: E = mc2. The concepts of space and time are ubiquitous in physics and, since the Special Theory of Relativity fundamentally altered these concepts, the impact of the June paper on physics has been pervasive. With the additional assertion, made in the June paper, that the speed of light is a constant for all observers, time and space became relative.

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Sunday Oct 02, 2005
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This talk will take you on a tour through the mind of Albert Einstein, focussing on his discoveries of 1905 and the vital role his theories play in many of today\'s technologies. Damian Pope, Einstein, impact, modern technology, light, time, space, special relativity, time dilation, length contraction, curiosity

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Sunday Oct 02, 2005

In 1905, there were prominent scientists who did not believe in atoms. Einstein did. His April and May papers were motivated in part to support the concept of atoms. The April paper, Einstein’s dissertation and one of his most cited papers, shows how the dimensions of a sugar molecule, suspended in water, can be determined. His method had many practical applications, hence the citations. In the May paper, a pollen particle took the place of a sugar molecule. For decades, the irregular, zig-zagging motion of pollen particles was a mystery.

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Saturday Oct 01, 2005

Einstein’s March paper, the only paper that Einstein himself called revolutionary, directly challenged the firm beliefs of all physicists. With compelling evidence in their support, physicists regarded the nature of light as a closed chapter: light was a continuous electromagnetic wave. Einstein countered this entrenched belief with the claim that light was a stream of discontinuous, isolated particles. The age-old conundrum of continuity vs. discontinuity was again called into play.

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Saturday Oct 01, 2005
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Just who was Albert Einstein? And what did he achieve? This talk will introduce some of his amazing discoveries and examine where curiosity can lead you. Einstein, discovers, curiosity, impact, inventions, light, photons, Damien Pope, space, time, relativity, speed of light

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