Lincolnville Community Library

John Williams to present Einstein’s Special Relativity

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LINCOLNVILLE —  The Lincolnville Community Library welcomes John Williams and his presentation on Albert Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. 

Einstein uncovered a new strangeness to the universe using pure logic that Williams says any curious person can understand, according to a news release. He invites attendees to see for themselves, from simple diagrams, how Einstein figured it all out from just a single fact about the speed of light. 

Learn what is meant by the term "spacetime,” why time slows down at high speeds, and why space contracts. 

This presentation is based on Chapter 1 of the book Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory, by Leonard Susskind and Art Friedman.

John Williams earned his doctorate in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale in 1981 and did postdoctoral research at Cornell and Michigan State Universities. His plan to become an academic scientist was sidetracked by the dawn of the biotechnology industry where the future was wide-open and jobs plentiful. 

Widely published, his career included studies of plant photosynthesis using a genetic engineering technology he invented, the development and automation of DNA fingerprinting technology used in plant breeding, and the partial invention of a next-generation, single-molecule DNA sequencing technology. 

Now retired, Williams’ favorite hobby is learning more about fundamental physics. He enjoys physics books written for the general reader, but he likes them better if they include math. 

Einstein’s Special Relativity is “one of the greatest intellectual achievements in physics of the last century – an achievement that is unique in its elegance and simplicity,” said Williams, in the release.

The Lincolnville Community Library is located in Lincolnville Center at 208 Main Street. 

For more information email questions@lincolnvillelibrary.org or call 706-3896.

Event Date: 
Wed, 01/09/2019 - 7:00pm
Event Location: 
Lincolnville Community Library
Address: 
208 Main Street
Lincolnville Center  Maine