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PHYSICS & PHILOSOPHY | LA PHYSIQUE & LA PHILOSOPHIE

PHYSICS & PHILOSOPHY | LA PHYSIQUE & LA PHILOSOPHIE

Friday, 20 March, 2020 | Vendredi 20 mars 2020

13:30 – 17:00



Université de Montréal

Pavillon 3200 Jean-Brillant (https://goo.gl/maps/DvgVnJDuBqPMZfxT9)

B-3285 (3rd floor/3e étage)



Nous vous invitons à un après-midi de conférences consacrées aux idées et concepts philosophiques dans les théories de la relativité restreinte et générale d’Albert Einstein. (Les conférences se tiendront en anglais, mais vous êtes invité.e.s à poser des questions en français.) Un cocktail suivra le colloque. Bienvenue à toutes et tous !

Programme : https://www.facebook.com/events/524207718235306/


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You are invited to an afternoon devoted to exploring some of the philosophical concepts and questions related to Albert Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity. A cocktail hour will follow the event. All are welcome !

Schedule : https://www.facebook.com/events/524207718235306/


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RÉSUMÉS / ABSTRACTS

Simultaneity and Causality in Relativity
(Manu Paranjape, Département de physique, Université de Montréal)

It is clear that simultaneity is a concept that is strictly relative in both special and general relativity, I will expose this through an analysis of the twin paradox. The notion of causality on the other hand, although a globally valid concept in special relativity, is only locally valid in general relativity. You can see a clock running backwards in time in general relativity!

Einstein’s Path to a New Theory
(Chris Smeenk, Rotman Institute of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario)

Shortly after revising long-standing assumptions regarding space and time with his discovery of special relativity, Einstein turned to the problem of gravity. Several of Einstein’s contemporaries tried to reformulate Newton’s theory so that it would be compatible with special relativity. But Einstein took a more radical approach. Here I will describe the motivations for Einstein’s approach and how it led to not only the general theory of relativity, but also the first cosmological model.

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