Thursday, 27th June 2019 at 7.30 p.m. "Was Einstein 100% right about Relativity?" to be given by Professor Malcolm A H MacCallum, Queen Mary University of London. Our talks - which finish no later than 9.30 p.m. - are usually held in Room T2.09 (the Trevithick Lecture Theatre) at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, The Queen's Buildings, The Parade, Cardiff CF24 3AA - please click here
Malcolm MacCallum is an Emeritus professor at Queen Mary University of London, where he is a former Vice-Principal. He has also worked at universities in Australia, France, Italy, Germany and the USA, and at King's College Cambridge, and been Director of the Heilbronn Institute in Bristol. His research interests cover all aspects of non-Newtonian gravity including cosmology, black holes and gravitational waves. In 2010-13 he was President of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation.
The talk will briefly introduce the special and general relativity theories. Special relativity is very well tested. For more than 50 years the evidence for general relativity rested on the "classical tests". Then more sophisticated solar system tests and the first strong field tests, from the binary pulsar, were made. Very recent results about black holes give extra confirmation. There are still anomalies in data, and good theoretical reasons for seeking a new theory.