"Einstein vs. Santa"

Is Santa Guilty of Breaking the Laws of Physics?

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dr. Robert Jedicke, 1-808-956-9841
Institute for Astronomy
Mrs. Karen Rehbock, 1-808-956-6829
Institute for Astronomy
Posted: Nov 28, 2008

Is Santa guilty of breaking the laws of physics as expressed in Einstein's theory of relativity? Can Santa deliver all his gifts to the good children of the world without breaking the universal limit set by the speed of light?

Dr. Robert Jedicke of the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy will take an entertaining look at Mr. Claus' annual trip from the physicist's perspective. In the process, he will introduce the audience to the bizarre effects that take place in a relativistic universe.

This will be a fun, equation-free presentation suitable for those in high school or older. Dr. Jedicke gave this talk at IfA Manoa last year, and it is back by popular demand.

The talk will be given at three times on three islands: at the Maikalani building in Pukalani, Maui, on Friday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m., in the UH Manoa Art Building Auditorium (room 132) on Monday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m., and on Thursday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. at UH Hilo in the University Classroom Building, room 100.

Admission is free. Those attending on Maui are asked to park on the street. On-campus parking at UH Manoa is available for $3.

Cookies and eggnog will be served after the Manoa talk.

For more information, visit: http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/press-releases/EinsteinvsSanta08/