100 years of Alice’s Adventures in Relativistic Wonderland

The Cheshire Cat

I have a new reading of “Alice in Wonderland”, celebrating the centennial of General Relativity, based on my colloquium at Western Math department:

“Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end! ‘I wonder how many miles I’ve fallen by this time?’ she said aloud. ‘I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth. “ wrote Charles Dodgson, the English writer and mathematician, of Alice’s fantastic adventure into a bizarre world of underground creatures. I shall retell the story of our centennial adventure into the relativistic wonderland, a tall tale of non-sensical creatures that includes blunders, black holes, Schrödinger’s cats, and a very vibrant vacuum! ”

Here are the slides in PDF and Keynote.