Inaugural public lecture by Kazuya Koyama, Professor of Cosmology, University of Portsmouth
In 1916, Einstein put forward his general theory of relativity and revolutionised our concepts of time and space. Tests of gravity in the Solar System have confirmed general relativity with exquisite precision, and modern technology, such as the GPS system you may use every day in your phone or car relies on the theory. In 1998, astronomers made a surprising discovery that the Universe is expanding at an increasing rate. Is this due to some mysterious “Dark Energy”, or is Einstein’s theory itself in error on cosmological scales? Professor Koyama will give an overview of the development of our understanding of gravity and explain the exciting challenge facing modern scientists after 100 years since Einstein proposed his theory of gravity.
Date: Wednesday 25 January 2017
Time: 6-7pm, followed by a drinks reception
Venue: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH