Do you ever marvel at how much the "science fiction" from past decades is beginning to look less like fiction, and more like reality? Join us for a discussion of yet another example: Dr. Alcubierre will be explaining his theory of a way to make warp drive possible.
Please register for the lecture: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/uwaterloo-public-lecture-faster-than-the-speed-of-light-tickets-7595625721
Dr. Alcubierre will be on campus for the Canada-America-Mexico Graduate Student Physics Conference, and has agreed to discuss some of his research regarding the theoretical possibilities of warp drive in a public lecture:
"In this talk I will discuss some of the basic ideas behind Einstein's theory of relativity, concentrating in particular in the fact that the speed of light is the maximum possible speed on the Universe. I will also introduce some ideas of General Relativity and the curvature of space-time, and show how this could be used in principle to travel faster than the speed of light."
Miguel Alcubierre was born in 1964 in Mexico City. He studied physics at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), and later obtained a PhD from the University of Cardiff in Wales, United Kingdom, on the subject of numerical relativity under the supervision of Prof. Bernard F. Schutz. He later worked for a number of years as a member of the numerical relativity group at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Albert Einstein Institute, in Potsdam, Germany. In 2002 he returned to Mexico, where he is Director of the Nuclear Sciences Institute of the National University, in Mexico City.
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