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Speaker:
Steven Bryant
Relativity Group

Date: 2010-06-23 Time: 10:45 - 12:15 9.9 (9 years 3 months ago)

Where: Long Beach, CA, United States Venue: College of Business Administration


Description

Steve Bryant will lead a group discussion on topics related to relativity theory. Physics is the science of things that move. It seeks to answer two very important questions:
  1. What Theories and Equations best explain things that move?
  2. When our Theory and Equations produce different results than is actually observed (regardless of how small the difference), what Sub-Theories and Equations can we use to explain that difference?

These are the fundamental questions of Physics. While the mainstream community has accepted specific models and have focused their attention on answering the second question, independent researchers and groups like NPA have focused their attention on reexamining the answers to the first question. Imagine, what would happen if we decide to answer BOTH questions?

In the Relativity Group break-out session, we are going to explore ways of answering both questions. Our session will consist of three parts: Part 1 begins with an overview of the key research questions in Theoretical Physics today. Specifically, we're going to review what type of research is being performed in the Physics and Astronomy academic communities. In Part 2, we will ask up to 6 willing participants to give a 5-minute overview of their theory, model, experiment, or findings; which will be following by a 5-minute group discussion of how that research might be used to answer questions that were presented in Part 1. This will be an "Elevator-Pitch" style of delivery, which means no props, no power point, and no equations. It's just each researcher delivering the key points of his/her findings as if s/he was talking to someone at a party, or... in an Elevator (hence the name). The goal is to examine alternatives that might help us answer both fundamental questions. Part 3 is a brainstorming session, centered on finding ways to increase the collaboration between independent researchers.

Anyone with an interest in how things move (e.g., Gravity, Quantum Mechanics, Classical Physics, or Relativity) should join the Relativity Group break out session.