The Time-Traveller's Guide to the Galaxy: The Physics of Time and Light

Tanja Traxler
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, Art & Science
2024S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04754

Description

In physics, light possesses a double nature: it is both a necessary requisite for scientific inquiry as well as an object of research itself. Historically, most controversial theories on light have been presented, famously resulting in the development of quantum mechanics in the early 20th century. According to quantum theory, light exhibits a wave-particle duality, which gives rise to manifold epistemological issues. 

In modern physics, light appears to be strongly linked to the concept of time as highlighted in Einstein's theory of special relativity. In this course we will discuss contemporary concepts of light and time in science with a particular emphazis on modern physics, as well as philosophical, societal, and economical consequences.

Dates

13 March 2024, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room Art & Science (preliminary discussion)
20 March 2024, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34
10 April 2024, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34
24 April 2024, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 30
08 May 2024, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 30
15 May 2024, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34
22 May 2024, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 30
29 May 2024, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 30
05 June 2024, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 30
12 June 2024, 14:00–17:00 Boltzmanngasse 3 , "Excursion to IQOQI" (guest lecture)
26 June 2024, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34 (examination)

Course Enrolment

From 01 August 2023, 00:00 to 30 April 2024, 23:55
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Deepening / Application 700/002.20

Art & Science (Master): Methods and Practices of Transdisciplinary Research: Praxis and Theory 776/002.16

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible