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A series of lectures from the Royal Society in association with Radio New Zealand to mark the centenary of Albert Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity in 2005.

A series of lectures from the Royal Society in association with Radio New Zealand to mark the centenary of Albert Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity in 2005.
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New Zealand

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A series of lectures from the Royal Society in association with Radio New Zealand to mark the centenary of Albert Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity in 2005.

Language:

English

Contact:

Radio New Zealand House 155 The Terrace P O Box 123 Wellington 04 474 1999


Episodes

7 - The Mad, Mad World of Schrodinger's Cat: Why no one Understands Quantum

6/12/2005
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Professor Tom Barnes from The University of Auckland explains the confused state-of-being of Schrodinger's cat and other mysteries of Quantum physics.

Duration: 00:53:37


6 - Einstein: Who Was He, and What Were His Ideas About the Universe?

6/5/2005
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Richard Hall, Phoenix Astronomical Society and Dr Lesley Hall, Victoria University, bring their own theoretical perspectives to a discussion of this complex man.

Duration: 00:54:49


5 - To See What Cannot be Seen: Rutherford and The Discovery of the Atom

5/29/2005
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Professor Paul Callaghan from the MacDiarmid Institute traverses historical themes surrounding the atom, as well as touching on the new challenges of the 21st century.

Duration: 00:55:11


4 - Age of The Earth: The Victorians

5/22/2005
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Dr Hamish Campbell, Geological and Nuclear Sciences/Te Papa, discusses a number of exciting earth science research projects: the age of New Zealand's oldest rocks, the origin of New Zealand's oldest sedimentary rocks, the age of the New Zealand land surface, the age of the Chatham Islands, the characterisation of New Zealand nephrite (pounamu) on the basis of age, and not least, the age of the Earth itself.

Duration: 00:48:27


3 - Galileo's Dilemma: Science and Religion

5/15/2005
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John Stenhouse, Department of History, Otago University, shows why the 'science versus religion' interpretation doesn't adequately explains either the Galileo affair, or the general historical relationship between science and Christianity. Taking listeners from seventeenth century Italy to the Darwinian debates in modern NZ, he illuminates a far richer, more complex and more interesting past. Along the way, he challenges certain popular modern myths and legends.

Duration: 00:55:25


2 - Keeping Time: The Ancients

5/8/2005
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The smooth functioning of an ordered society depends in part on the possession of a technology which can measure the passage of time, and of a calendar by means of which a society can organise its activities. Associate Professor Robert Hannah, Otago University, examines the different means of time-keeping which have been developed by various societies in ancient Europe.

Duration: 00:55:22


1 - Star Birth And Death: The Crucible Of Life

5/1/2005
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Dr Visser, Victoria University of Wellington, explains key features of the big bang in clear language and relates them to Einstein's miracle years of 1905 and 1915.

Duration: 00:55:40