Oxford May Music: Einstein’s Universe


Professor Brian Foster, University of Oxford and Professor Jack Liebeck, Royal Academy of Music

Professors Brian Foster and Jack Liebeck explore Einstein's scientific work in the theory of the behaviour of atoms and subatomic particles known as "quantum mechanics". The format of the lecture links Einstein's favourite instrument, the violin, with some of the concepts of modern physics that he did so much to found. The performance begins with an introduction to Einstein's life and involvement with music and how his ideas have shaped our concepts of space, time and the evolution of the Universe. These slides are accompanied by music from J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, some of Einstein's favourite music. In the second half of the lecture, Brian discusses the new generation of "atom smashers", the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva and how the experiments there are building on Einstein’s legacy. The lecture is punctuated by other musical interludes of violin music related to Einstein, played by Jack Liebeck.

Duration: 1 hour

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