Relativity Seminar
of the Institute of Theoretical Physics

spring 2005

Given seminars:

March 1, 2005
Rebel With a Cause: Celebrating a Century of Albert Einstein's Non-Conformist Humanism
Walter V. Cicha, Ph.D.
General Electric Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY, USA

Time Magazine voted Albert Einstein as the "Person of the 20th Century" in its special "end of the millennium" issue, while the United Nations has designated 2005 as the "World Year of Physics" in honor of the celebrity-scientist's annus mirabilis ("miracle year") one hundred years ago, which changed the course of physics. The fame and glory gained by Albert Einstein during his lifetime is unprecedented and unsurpassed amongst scientists, being more on par with The Beatles than with other investigators of nature's puzzles. Almost immediately following experimental verification of his General Theory of Relativity in 1919, the forty-year old Director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin became a much loved and sometimes hated household name. This one-hour seminar will focus on i) the personal and societal forces that helped shape the originality and independence of Albert Einstein's ideas and ii) his subsequent powerful influence on the evolution of the 20th century, not only in the realm of science but also in political and cultural affairs. Best known -- and least understood -- for his incredible breakthroughs in theoretical physics (in which Prague played a key part), Albert Einstein was a chronic non-conformist, a trait that led him toward international activism as well as passionate humanism until his peaceful end fifty years ago in Princeton, NJ. Perpetually puzzling, Albert Einstein was at once charmingly simple yet exceptionally complex, and always fascinating.

March 8, 2005
The effect of nonspherical perturbations of gravitational field on stellar motion in the Galactic centre
Dr. Ladislav Šubr
Astronomický ústav MFF UK
(seminar in Czech language)
March 15, 2005
Interpretation of type-N Kundt spacetimes
David Kofroň
(seminar in Czech language)
March 22, 2005
Non-extremal and extremal black holes and acceleration horizons: geometry and thermodynamics
Dr. Oleg B. Zaslavskii
V. N. Karazin Kharkov National University, Kharkov, Ukraine
March 29, 2005
Is there an information-loss problem for black holes?
Prof. Claus Kiefer
Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität zu Köln, D
April 5, 2005
Family of NUT metrics
Prof. Jerry B. Griffiths
Department of Mathematical Sciences, Loughborough University, UK
April 12, 2005
Numerical evolution in general relativity
Karel Kyrian
(seminar in Czech language)
April 19, 2005
Seminář se nekoná
(seminar in Czech language)
April 26, 2005
(i) Ultrarelativistic boost of a black ring
(ii) Geometrie a fyzika (zpráva o konferenci na Ústavu Alberta Einsteina v Golmu)
(i) Marcello Ortaggio (ii) Jiří Bičák
(seminar in Czech language)
May 3, 2005
Time evolution of zero-hamiltonian systems
Marián Pilc
(seminar in Czech language)
May 10, 2005
The potential energy problem in Schwarzschild gravitational field
dr. Pavel Voráček
Observatory Lund, Švédsko
(seminar in Czech language)
July 27, 2005
seminář pořádaný společně se seminářem matematické fyziky
Current cosmological picture
Prof. J. P. Ostriker
Princeton University, U.S.A.
August 1, 2005
seminář pořádaný společně se seminářem matematické fyziky
Quantum theory of cosmological perturbations and inflationary scenarios
Prof. R. Brandenberger
Brown University, U.S.A. a McGill University, Canada

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