Al Akhawayn Students Explore Einstein's Relativity through a Different Lens


 Ifrane, February 15, 2012 – Professor Ahmad A. Hujeirat from the University of Basel, Germany, gave a talk entitled “Is Einstein’s General Relativity the Ultimate Theory in Astrophysics and Cosmology?” to a full house on February 14, 2012, at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. 

Organized by Al Akhawayn School of Science and Engineering, the presentation drew on Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, its consistency, and reliability within today's scientific advances. As Hujeirat summarizes his talk in an abstract of his paper on the same topic, "black holes are inevitable mathematical outcome of space-time energy coupling in general relativity. Currently these objects are of vital importance for understanding numerous phenomena in astrophysics and cosmology. However, neither theory nor observations have been capable of unequivocally proving the existence of black holes or granting us an insight of what their internal structures could look like, therefore leaving researchers to speculate about their nature."


Professor at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing at the University of Heidelberg, and professor at the Department of Physics at the University of Basel in Germany; Hujeirat set forth a new perspective on Einstein's theory. His talk stimulated thought-provoking questions from an audience made up of Al Akhawayn students, faculty, and staff. 

"I am impressed with Al Akhawayn students' interest in the subject and insightful thoughts," said Hujeirat. "I explored several issues in fundamental physics, such as the time delay phenomenon in cosmology; and the students showed a great level of understanding of the basics." 

The presentation is one of many public events organized by Al Akhawayn University within the framework of its open platform for the exchange of ideas in all fields of knowledge. On par with the academic curriculum and extracurricular activities that Al Akhawayn offers, talks and lectures by renowned researchers and experts open up a new dimension for learning. 

Applauding the interest manifested by the students and the subject of the talk, Hassan Darhmaoui, Associate Professor of Physics at Al Akhawayn School of Science and Engineering said, “Being a liberal arts institution, we will continue our efforts to motivate all our students, no matter what their major is, to explore and learn more about fundamental physics, astrophysics, and other sciences."


For a biography of Ahmad A. Hujeirat, click here.