STEPPING THROUGH TIME: THE SCIENCE OF TIME TRAVEL

Date/Time
Date(s) - Tue. Mar. 19, 2013 - Tue. Mar. 26, 2013
12:00 am

Location
Microcinema [ ÊTRE]

Instructor
Chris Whittaker

Admission

“The universe is not only queerer than we imagine, but it is queerer than we can imagine.”
— J. B. S. Haldane

Can we travel through time? Can we slow the ticking of a clock? Could we watch our sun age a billion years and turn to dust, all between lunch and dinner? The answer to each of these questions, surprisingly, is ‘yes’ (mostly). Of course, movies love to play with time, but are they playing fair? This two-class course punctuated by a dazzling arrray of film and TV clips will explore time in science-fiction and in science-fact. To understand time we will dive into physics by exploring the basics of theories like Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, but we won’t dive too deep. No background in science or mathematics is required, but there will be select readings.