Donald Spector, professor of physics, presented the spring 2005 Physics Cafe Lecture at Ithaca College. In a talk titled “Whose Line Is It Anyway? How We Know that Space and Time Are Curved,” Spector explained the foundations of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.
Each semester, Ithaca College invites a physicist to present a public lecture on a hot topic in physics; this Physics Cafe lecture is attended by a broad audience of students and faculty. This semester's lecture, held on Feb. 28, also served as a contribution to the World Year of Physics celebrations being held this year to mark the centennial of Einstein's groundbreaking contributions to science in 1905.
Spector is a theoretical physicist who has been on the faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 1989. His scientific research focuses on supersymmetry. He also is interested in the connection of science to other disciplines, and has lectured and written on such topics as “Waiting for Godot” and superheroes.