When: Wednesday 7th of June 2017 at 7:30 pm
Where: Space Place, Carter Observatory, Upland Rd, Kelburn, Wellington
Subject: So, our Universe is a Hologram?? Presenter Antony Gomez
Two corner stones of modern physics are the theories of quantum mechanics and general relativity. Both theories are extremely good at predicting results in their own realms – quantum mechanics in the realm of the microscopic world; and general relativity in the realm of space and time. However, both theories are incompatible with each other which leaves theorists searching for the holy grail of physics, a theory of quantum gravity. This presentation will take a glimpse into some of the more recent developments in this field. Our world where gravity, space and time are considered fundamental properties of our Universe seems to be no longer true, and a new fascinating picture of our Universe is beginning to emerge, one that stretches beyond our imagination.
Antony is the current president of the Wellington Astronomical Society. As a child he looked up at the stars but it wasn’t till 2000 that he had his first look through a telescope. Now he is passionate about showing others the wonders of the night sky. He has a keen interest in the physical sciences, especially in quantum physics and cosmology. As a past scientist working in climate change, he has spent a short time in Antarctica, been sea-sick on a research vessel in the middle of the Southern Ocean and suffered altitude sickness while visiting the Keck and other Telescopes on the top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.