An inspiring series of Physics Lectures
On 26th April, a group of 7 A level Physics students went on a trip to the Royal Society in central London where we heard a lecture from the President of the Royal Astronomical Society Mr John Zarnecki. We heard about previous space telescope projects he worked on including Hubble, Cassini/Huygens which he spent 13 years of his life working on and Rosetta, which is currently the only space telescope to land on a comet. We also heard about his early career and the new doors that were opened up by Yuri Gagarin, who was the first man in space. We finally heard about a future space telescope called Juice which is going to orbit around one of the icy moons of Jupiter in early 2030. It was a fascinating talk which gave us insight into possible areas of work that we might like to go into.
On 30th April, a larger group of mainly Lower VI Physicists attended a lecture at the Royal Institution by Carlo Rovelli on ‘The Order of Time’, in which he covered aspects that he talked about in his new book. The talk inspired us to question what we really thought time was, and does time really exist.
Time was described as ‘non-linear’ but more specifically like “Italians climbing onto a bus”. We also thought about the fundamental flaws in what we perceive time as, and the difficulties of synchronising time at different places. We also heard about the smallest unit of time 5.4 x 10-44 seconds (Planck time). This can't be divided, as time is just a measure of how much events can be divided up. The final question of the night was from Amber in UV, who went independently up to ask: “Is there a quantum of space?” There is!
Carlo Rovelli left people with more questions than they came with. It was fascinating and kept everyone captivated throughout the whole lecture.
All students on both trips would like to thank Mr Brittain and Mrs Camilleri for taking us and organising the tickets for both events.
By Georgie (LVIA)