Linear Algebra as a Natural Language for Special Relativity and Its Paradoxes

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 7:00pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Clough Undergraduate Learning Center Room 144
University of California, Riverside
Using basic linear algebra as a natural language of special relativity, and assuming very little knowledge of physics, we present a novel linear-algebraic derivation of the Lorentz transformation.  Through the geometry of Minkowski diagrams, we analyze properties and paradoxes of special relativity including the Twin paradox and the bug-rivet paradox.Dr. de Pillis is a renowned cartoonist and animator, and his new book entitled Illustrated Special Relativity Through its Paradoxes is a fusion of Linear Algebra, Graphics, and Reality.