“November – Science Month” 2016 at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover

Four public talks ranging from light to gravitational waves and a trip to the end of the universe

October 13, 2016

The fifth “November – Science Month” in 2016 will again open the doors of research institutions in Hannover to those interested. The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) and the Institute for Gravitational Physics of Leibniz Universität Hannover are participating and has extended an invitation to four public talks. You will learn how Einstein’s general theory of relativity affects daily life, what is going on in the depths of the universe, what light actually is and how researchers from Hannover are involved in studying gravitational waves – the discovery of the century.

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) 
Institute for Gravitational Physics of Leibniz Universität Hannover 
Callinstraße 38, 30167 Hannover 
Room 103 (sign posted at site)

The public talks on 7, 15, 21 and 24 November, will start at 7 p.m. (on the 21st at 6 p.m.), and will each last about an hour. Our speakers look forward to your visit and your questions and will be available for discussions on the talk topic after the talk itself.

Talk on 7 November at 7 p.m. – “Einstein’s theory of relativity in the universe and in everyday life”

How does Einstein’s theory determine events in the universe and in our lives?

Time dilation, black holes and gravitational waves are consequences of Einstein’s theory of relativity. Dr. Benjamin Knispel reveals where these and other relativistic effects occur in the universe, but also how the theory affects us in everyday life.

Talk on 15 November 2016 at 7 p.m. – “Journey to the end of the universe”

Visit the birthplaces of stars, supernova explosions and massive galaxies.

Travel with Dr. Benjamin Knispel from our “spaceship earth” to the depths of the universe. Journey through the birthplaces of stars, exploding suns, and the massive black holes at the centres of the galaxies, as you explore the universe and current developments in our understanding of it.

Talk on 21 November 2016 at 6 p.m. “Light – from the Sun to the laser pointer”

A journey of discovery into the physics of light for age 12 and older

We encounter light every day: the sun shines, the display of the smartphone lights up and lamps illuminate our rooms. But what actually is light? And what exciting physics lies behind it? We will strive to fully investigate these questions together.

Talk on 24 November at 7 p.m. “Gravitational waves – the discovery of the century”

The history and research behind the science sensation

In September 2015, an international team of more than 1,000 researchers demonstrated the existence of gravitational waves for the first time. During the course of this talk, Prof. Dr. Michèle Heurs explains how the discovery of the century took place and what discoveries originating in Hannover contributed to it.

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