General Meetings Events

What is Relativity? An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein’s Ideas

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Open to Public

Type: General Meetings

Keywords: Relativity Einstein

Held on: Apr 15, 2015 (Wed) at 07:00 PM to Apr 15, 2015 (Wed) at 09:00 PM

Speaker: Jeffrey Bennett

Location: Physics/Astronomy Auditorium (PAA), Room A102, Seattle, Washington

Event Coordinator: Christopher Laurel

Have you ever been curious about Einstein’s theory of relativity? Almost everyone has heard of it, but few people know much about it or realize its critical importance to our modern understanding of the universe. With 2015 marking the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s publication of his general theory of relativity, it seems time to change that, which is why astrophysicist and educator Jeffrey Bennett has embarked on a “national relativity tour.” In this presentation, based on his book What is Relativity? from Columbia University Press, Dr. Bennett will introduce you to the basic ideas of relativity and why they are important to everyone.

Shown in date ascending order.

  • APR
    15

    What is Relativity? An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein’s Ideas

    Wed at 07:00 PM Open to Public

    Have you ever been curious about Einstein’s theory of relativity? Almost everyone has heard of it, but few people know much about it or realize its critical importance to our modern understanding of ... more

  • MAY
    20

    General Meeting

    Wed at 08:00 PM Open to Public

    The Seattle Astronomical Society's General Meeting is held on the third Wednesday of every month. Speaker TBA.

  • JUN
    17

    General Meeting

    Wed at 08:00 PM Open to Public

    The Seattle Astronomical Society's General Meeting is held on the third Wednesday of every month. Speaker TBA.

Shown in date descending order.

  • MAR
    18

    Three Years as a National Park Service VIP "Volunteer in Park" for Astronomy

    Wed at 07:00 PM Open to Public

    As well as being some of the most scenic places in the world, many of the US National Parks are also dark sky oases. Visitors are awed by starry vistas that are have become unfamiliar in our light polluted ... more

  • FEB
    18

    Year of the Dwarf Planet

    Wed at 07:00 PM Open to Public

    2015 will go down as the "Year of the Dwarf Planet" with unmanned spacecraft from Earth visiting the first discovered dwarf planets, Ceres and Pluto. Along with the investigations by Rosetta at Comet 67P ... more

  • DEC
    17

    If We Can't See Black Holes, How Do We Know They Exist?

    Wed at 07:00 PM Open to Public

    Perhaps you have heard that even light cannot escape the extraordinary gravitational pull of a black hole. Normally, the absence of observable light is not something astronomers would be happy about, but ... more

  • NOV
    19

    A Close-up View of the Andromeda Galaxy

    Wed at 07:30 PM Open to Public

    Please join us for our November General Meeting. Board Elections will take place at the beginning of the meeting, so please try to attend! We are pleased that Lori Beerman, who is a sixth year graduate ... more

  • OCT
    15

    Table Mountain Star Party 2014 in Review

    Wed at 07:30 PM Open to Public

    Our October general meeting will feature a presentation on the 2014 Table Mountain Star Party. Attendance was up for the second year at the new Eden Valley location, and there were fun times with the ... more