One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein first published his theory of relativity, which changed the field of physics forever. In honor of this anniversary and all of Einstein’s lasting contributions to science, 2005 has been declared the “World Year of Physics” by the United Nations.
To mark this, the physics department has planned a series of lectures, the Einstein Centennial Colloquia Series. Between Sept. 2 and Dec. 9, 12 leading physicists from UConn and around the world will give presentations on campus, including “Einstein for Beginners” by UConn’s Ronald Mallett, on Sept. 7; “Einstein, Ethics, and the Atomic Bomb” by Professor Patricia Rife of the University of Maryland on Sept. 9.
Also, “Testing Einstein in Space: A Marriage of Physics and Engineering,” by Professor Francis Everitt of Stanford University on Oct. 28.
One of the highlights will be a lecture on Sept. 16 by Nobel Prize-winner Frank Wilczek of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who will deliver this year’s the Katzenstein Distinguished Lecture, “The Universe is a Strange Place.”
Members of the physics department will also engage in outreach to local K-12 schools throughout the month of September.
A full schedule of events is available at http://www.physics.uconn.edu/