Public talk: Warp drives and bending time

Academy of Science 19 March 2015

Light speed is one of science fiction’s major plot limitations — and maybe one of the major limitations of science. How can we explore the stars if it takes tens of thousands of years to get to them… or the galaxies, if it takes billions of years? Warp drives and wormholes are often co-opted by authors to save the day — but what is scientific, and what is make-believe? General relativity allows space and time to bend. Can we say there are limits, or is the answer as yet unknown? Does faster-than-light travel mean time-travel is inevitable?

Join The University of Queensland‘s Professor Tamara Davis to explore warp drives, light-speed limits, event horizons, and perhaps even the ultimate fate of the universe.

Come and join us at the Academy as we explore our new public lecture series ‘Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact’.

Our monthly talks will discuss the ways in which popular culture has often fuelled real life scientific discoveries.

When: Tuesday 5 May 2015
Time: Refreshments from 5.30pm; lecture and live streaming from 6pm
Where: The Shine Dome, Gordon St, Acton

Entry is $6 per person and bookings are essential. For more information, visit the Academy of Science website.

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