Fay Dowker: The Story of Spacetime

From The Physics of Nothing

Fay Dowker is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London and author of a dissertation at Cambridge under the supervision of the late Stephen Hawking on the physics of wormholes. Most of her work has been on quantum gravity, though from a different perspective from that of Carlo Rovelli. However, this public lecture, delivered at the Royal Institution in London, focuses on classical Newtonian gravitation and on general relativity—and particularly on how the theory of space and time that Newton developed turned out to be inadequate. One thing I like very much about this video is that it emphasizes how Newton’s theory is best understood as presupposing a theory of spacetime, similar to that of general relativity.

April 23, 2018

The Royal Institution

Curated by

James Owen Weatherall