Interstellar Journeys: Within a Human Lifetime: Possibilities and Practicalities

Interstellar Journeys: Within a Human Lifetime: Possibilities and Practicalities

Date & time: 6–7pm 20 September 2018, AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Location: Finkel Theatre John Curtin School of Medical Research 131 Garran Road, Australian National University Acton, ACT 2603
Speakers: Dr Peter J. Riggs
Cost: $0 per person

Can we travel to the distant stars when the distances are so vast? Will such interstellar journeys ever be possible in a single human lifetime? If so, how might we be able to do this? Would Einstein's Relativity be of assistance in making interstellar journeys? This lecture will generally explain what is involved in interstellar travel and by what means it might be done.

Dr Peter J Riggs is a physicist and a philosopher of science at the Australian National University. He is a leading researcher on the nature of time and the foundations of physics. Dr Riggs has published several academic articles relevant to this topic as well as the books: Quantum Causality (Springer Academic, 2009) and Whys and Ways of Science (Melbourne University Press, 1992).