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New Zealand Science Teacher


Step inside Einstein’s Universe

A chance for New Zealand students to visit Einstein’s musical world.

Jack Liebeck and Brian Foster will tour New Zealand with Einstein's World


“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. I get most joy in life out of music.” – Albert Einstein

The Royal Society and Chamber Music New Zealand are joining forces to create an inspiring evening of music and science.

‘Einstein’s Universe’ is touring the country from July 15 and there are special ticket deals for students and teachers.

The evening begins with a talk by Professor of Experimental Physics at Oxford, Brian Foster, about the concepts of modern physics founded by Albert Einstein.

These include the Theory of Relativity, the discovery of radioactivity, the foundation of quantum mechanics, and Einstein’s part in the development of the atomic bomb.

In the second part of the talk, Brian will cover the new generation of ‘atom smashers’, the Large Hadron Collider in operation at CERN in Geneva, including the latest news from the accelerator.

Music was a passion of Einstein’s and the talk will be accompanied by Bach music, performed by violinist Jack Liebeck and some of NZ’s best chamber musicians.

This lecture will be followed by a dinner break of one hour, then a concert of some of Einstein’s favourite pieces, including Brahms, Mozart, and Bloch, although the programme differs between cities.

Royal Society Chief Executive Dr Di McCarthy says this is not the first time Foster and Liebeck have toured New Zealand.

“They gave a lecture in 2009, but this presentation has been remodelled to include the latest findings in modern physics coming out of the Linear Collider Collaboration at CERN, for which Brian is the European Director.”

The event is set to be an inspiring cross-curricular activity for secondary students, and the Royal Society is keen to get schools along.

“One of our goals is to support science and technology education, and we encourage students to attend our public lectures,” says Di.

The Royal Society is offering a special ticket price for four students and one teacher: ‘5 for $25.’ This offer can be booked by calling 0800 266 2378 or emailing laurel@chambermusic.co.nz

A touring schedule, including programmes to download and further details can be found here.

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