Time travel to be discussed at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
3:35pm Tuesday 4th September 2012 in News
The possibility of time travel will be discussed during a free talk at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum.
Continuing its popular Ideas Café programme of talks, ‘Understanding Light: From twinkling stars to Einstein’s theory of relativity’ will be an exploration of light.
It will include the discovery by scientists at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory last September, who reported that neutrinos generated by the Large Hadron Collider at Cern had been recorded travelling faster than the speed of light.
The news threw scientists’ understanding of the universe into question and even sparked debate around the plausibility of time travel.
Hosted by Professor Gareth Parry, physicist and museum volunteer, the free evening talk on Wednesday next week (September 12) will explore how light works and the myriad of awe-inspiring effects it creates.
Gareth will also look at Einstein’s theory of relativity, which describes how the measurement of length and time can depend on how close to the speed of light something is travelling.
Rachel Webster, communications officer at the museum, said: “Our Ideas Café evening talks explore big questions, but in a way that is entertaining and accessible. Visitors are welcome to ask questions and contribute their own ideas, or simply to sit back and listen.
“It’s a great place to catch up with friends over wine and nibbles and enjoy a really stimulating conversation.”
‘Understanding Light: From twinkling stars to Einstein’s theory of relativity’ takes place at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum from 6pm. Entry to the Museum is half-price from 4.30pm, with entry to the talk free.