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A Brief History of Gravity

Presenter: Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics and Public Engagement in Science, University of Surrey

Professor Al-Khalili will talk about gravity and the mysteries associated with the weakest of the four fundamental forces.

At school we all learn about gravity as one of the fundamental forces of nature, described by Newton hundreds of years ago. Even Einstein, who went further by showing that gravity isn’t actually a force at all, but rather the shape of space and time, didn’t really shake us from our cosy complacency.

Well, things are coming to a head now. We still do not have a proper theory that connects gravity to the other three forces in the Universe. And gravitational mysteries like dark matter and dark energy have not yet been solved by physicists.

We study black holes and gravitational waves, and the origins and destiny of our entire universe, and yet there’s that nagging sense that something fundamental is missing from our understanding. Are we waiting for another Einstein to come along and point to a new idea? This lecture will survey our current state of knowledge.

This event is free to attend and registration is not required - just come along.

University of Surrey, Lecture Theatre D, Stag Hill Campus, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH

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14 May 2019 19:00 to 20:00
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