Dr Erin Macdonald will present the science behind spacetime/general relativity and discuss how it applies to artificial gravity and faster-than-light (FTL) travel in science fiction. We will explore the best examples of gravity in fiction, and the three main ways sci-fi utilizes FTL and the long-shot "feasibility" of each while geeking out over our favorite sci-fi worlds!
Erin Macdonald has a PhD in astrophysics and currently works as a technical consultant both in engineering and for the entertainment industry. She is also currently the global education resources manager for the UN-directed World Space Week and hosts an online series on the science of sci-fi called "Dr Erin Explains the Universe". Her PhD and subsequent research experience was in the UK on general relativity and gravitational waves with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. She loves teaching the public about space science, and can be found throughout the year speaking at sci-fi conventions across the United States.
Slides from Our March Meeting