Visiting Scholar Lecture: Zee Perry

Thursday, December 5, 2019
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Center for British and Irish Studies Room, Norlin Library, CU Boulder

The Center for the Study of Origins is pleased to announce a lecture by Visiting Scholar Dr. Zee Perry, from Rutgers University, on Thursday, December 5th, at 5pm, in the British and Irish Studies Room (Norlin Library).   

Title: There's no Speed of Light, so What the Heck Did Michelson Measure? 

Abstract: This talk concerns the origin and justification of a particularly influential piece of scientific notation: the value c, currently accepted as equal to approximately 299,792 km/s, as the speed of light. In particular, I will be concerned with understanding and resolving the tension between a pair of claims, both of which (I maintain) are very plausibly true: (1) A. A. Michelson measured the speed of light in the late 1870s to within 99% accuracy. (2) Strictly speaking, in special relativity, there is no such thing as the speed of light.

More information: https://www.colorado.edu/origins/2019/09/10/cso-visiting-scholar-lecture-zee-perry