We thank again all participants for their contributions and wish for many more inspiring exchange to follow. The videos of all talks will shortly be available on the Agenda page.
The aim of this conference is to bring together experts from various fields of physics to discuss ideas which go beyond currently accepted relativistic view.
At first sight, it seems that Einstein’s Special Relativity (SR) is an unquestionable extension of classical Gallilean-Newtonian mechanics. SR is supported by countless confirmations and experimental evidences. However, since its birth, SR was always the subject of controversy and myths. One of them, for example, is that the Gallilean transformation is a limiting case of the Lorentz transformation. In fact, Gallilean and Lorentz transformations are different even in the limit of vanishing relative velocity. The Twin paradox, which undermines a basic postulate of SR inertial frame equivalence is usually explained by arguments that one of the siblings has to undergo an acceleration at the time of the turnaround. However, the famous CERN experiment with accelerated muons (“Measurements of Relativistic Time Dilatation for Positive and Negative Muons in a Circular Orbit,” Nature, vol. 268, pp. 301–305, 1977. ), traditionally presented as a confirmation of time dilatation clearly shows that acceleration (10^15 g) plays no role. Furthermore, the results of some experiments like the Dayton Miller interferometer, Trouton-Noble experiment, Sagnac effect and many others, are difficult to reconcile with SR.
General relativity provides a comprehensive description of space, time and gravity at the macroscopic level. Many experimental findings seem to provide unequivocal evidence speaking in favor of GR (from the Perihelion precession of Mercury and the Gravitational redshift to the discovery of Gravity Waves by the LIGO experiment) and thus the GR theory serves as a cornerstone of modern cosmology. However, several shortcomings of GR have been found over the last few decades, and scientists have begun wondering whether GR is the only fundamental theory capable of successfully explaining gravitational interaction. The well-known incompatibility of classical GR and Quantum Physics needs not be discussed here.
Hence the aim of this conference is to create an open space for discussion among experiment and theory in areas not limited just to the Einstein paradigm.
“A revolution had occurred in physics, but at a deeper level the same order prevailed. The new wine of quantum theory had merely been put in the old bottles of Cartesian order.”