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Einstein’s Relativity for the Masses
April 1 to April 22

Einstein’s Relativity for the Masses


With Phil Lazzar, Enthusiast

In 1905 Albert Einstein published his counter-intuitive paper on "Special Relativity," which revolutionized our understanding of time and space by merging them into "spacetime." Einstein discovered -- contrary to the belief of all the top scientists -- that when we measure distance and time intervals, the results we get are reference frame dependent. This will take a little explaining. In the process, we plan to look at time dilation, length contraction, and the relativity of simultaneity. Although the concepts may be foreign to you, you are going to be able to understand them, with a little thought on your part.

Thurs., April 1-22 • 1-2 p.m.


$15 • Class #: 24180

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Phil Lazzar

Phil Lazzar

Although Phil Lazzar has no formal physics training, he has put in the time to learn this topic and has enjoyed sharing what he has learned by teaching it to the general public for the last 10 years. What he likes about this topic is that it shows us that how things look to be is not necessarily how they actually are, and that these concepts are counter-intuitive.