Every evening from 5 to 9 November, the Scienscope of the University of Geneva will be presenting animations that illustrate in a simple and fun way the concept of Gravity in physics, biology as well as mathematics. Before getting to the conferences, the public will be able to immerse in the world of the scientists.
Theses animations will take place from 17:30 to 18:30 in front of the Auditorium Piaget, Uni Dufour.
The gravitational table illustrates Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, in which gravitational force is a space-time distortion created by any object having a non-zero mass. This simulation can also recreate the effect of gravitational lenses, a phenomenon caused by the deflection of light along the space-time curvature. A second experimental setup simulates this effect on light with a simple optical lens installation, recreating the image of a gravitational lens as seen through a telescope.
In the beginning of the 18th century, scientists wondered how plants can grow vertically and hypothesized that gravity must have an effect. And they were right! By trying different experiments, you will discover the cellular mechanisms that allow plants to sense “what’s up and what’s down” and how they respond to gravity. You will be shaken!
Mathematics : the brachistochrone curve
Imagine two small beads rolling from point A to point B by taking two paths of different lengths. Which one will come first?
The result might surprise you… The shortest way is not necessarily the fastest!