MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2014

Copernicus Revolution II?

Douglas Sweetser '84

Jan/23 Thu 04:00PM-06:00PM 3-270

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required

Copernicus knew how to do calculations in the Ptolemaic system (not easy). He figured out how to transform that system to the Sun centered one using parallelograms. We know the symmetries of the Standard Model and General Relativity. Can we preserve most of those insights with a new view of the quaternion group Q8 as the foundation for mathematical analysis of spacetime physics? Tall tales, truffles and cheese doodles will be served.

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Sponsor(s): Alumni Association, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact: Elena Byrne, W98-206C, 617 252-1143, EBYRNE@MIT.EDU