Please join us for a series of talks from Professor Philip Mannheim, University of Connecticut. St. Andrews Global Fellow and SUPA Visitor

**Gravity in a Nutshell**

The talks will be a pedagogical introduction to the theory of gravity for graduate students and nonexperts. Topics covered are:

· Newton's Laws of motion and gravity: successes and shortcomings.

· Special relativity: how to include gravity.

· Curvilinear coordinates: accelerating observers in flat space in the absence of gravity. Mach both right and wrong.

· Newton's Laws of Motion in an accelerating coordinate system in the absence of gravity.

· Need for Levi-Civita connection (Christoffel symbols). Role of metric. Geodesics. Equivalence Principle.

· Riemann curvature. Examples of curved spaces.

· Newton's Laws of Motion in an accelerating coordinate system in the presence of gravity.

· Newton's Law of Gravity in an accelerating coordinate system in the presence of gravity.

· v squared over c squared gravitational corrections to Newton's Law of gravity.

· Einstein Equations and gravitational Poisson equation in an accelerating coordinate system.

· Exact all order Schwarzschild solution and black holes.

· Einstein gravity: successes and shortcomings.

· The dark matter problem.

· The dark energy problem.

· The quantum gravity problem.

· Does gravity know about quantum mechanics: Chandrasekhar mass, Cosmic Microwave Background, Colella-Overhauser-Werner Experiment. Where did the zero-point energy go

If you have any further queries, please contact us at admin@supa.ac.uk.

Thanks,

SUPA

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