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Albert Einstein is topic of speaker at Dordt College

January 12, 2005

Dr. Robert Kennedy, a guest speaker at Dordt College, will speak on the life and work of Albert Einstein, on Monday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. in the Dordt College science building lecture hall, SB-101. Sponsored by the Dordt College Physics & Astronomy Department, the lecture is free and open to the public. Time Magazine recently named Albert Einstein “Person of the Century” for his impact in the field of physics and his impact as a humanitarian.

Dr. Kennedy (Ph.D. Notre Dame), teaches physics at Creighton University in Omaha and has spent much of his career studying, writing and lecturing about the life of Albert Einstein. His primary areas of research are thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, along with the history of philosophy of physics in the early 1900s, in particular the contribution and significance of the work of Albert Einstein.

Kennedy will discuss Einstein’s multiple roles as genius, political refugee, humanitarian, and “Locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe.” His talk will cover not only Einstein’s revolutionary contributions to physics, but also his resistance to Hitler, his support of the Zionist movement, and his controversial support of the atomic bomb.

Albert Einstein developed the special and general theories of relativity, advanced our understanding of the atom, led the development of quantum physics, and attempted to develop a unified field theory for many years.

This lecture at Dordt College is being held in conjunction with the World Year of Physics 2005, an international observance of the centennial year of three of Einstein’s most significant contributions to physics.

For more information regarding this guest lecture, please contact Dr. Arnold Sikkema of the Dordt College Physics & Astronomy Department at 722-6306.

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