ESP Biography

PETER TOWN, Cornell junior in Engineering Physics

Major: Engineering Physics

College/Employer: Cornell

Year of Graduation: 2016

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a junior from Alexandria, VA studying engineering physics (which is just like physics but taught through the engineering school). I'm into math, science, and computers, and I run Cornell's student sound and lighting service. When I'm not doing one of those four things (which is rarely) I also like hiking, listening to music, and playing board games.

Past Classes

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Painless Special Relativity in Splash Spring 2015
Special relativity was one of the two biggest breakthroughs in physics in the past century-ish, and its discovery marked the shift from "classical" to "modern" physics. But what even is special relativity? More importantly, how can you find out without having to get a degree in physics? This class will look at the history of relativity and show how some very strange facts about space and time are unavoidable consequences of an innocuous-seeming proposition. Time permitting, I'll blow your mind even more with some classic paradoxes.