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The Einstein Centennial

In 1915, a full ten years after achieving public celebrity for formulating the special theory of relativity and discovering that matter has latent amounts of energy, Albert Einstein amazed the science world by presenting it with the relativistic theory of gravity, which he called "general relativity." While reproducing every aspect of it, general relativity is completely different from the original version of the special theory, so much so that Einstein himself was in awe of it.

 

The impact of Einstein's 1915 development to modern life includes such common notions as the cosmological "big bang," black holes and GPS technology. A striking feature of general relativity concerns the influence of gravity on light, by slowing it down and bending its path, creating cosmic mirages.

Meanwhile, gravitational waves remain an - as yet - untapped relativistic resource for future exploration.

 

 

Einstein's 1915 achievement signaled a departure from standard physics by using new mathematics. He demonstrated anew that physics and mathematics advance in step, instantly becoming the truest successor of Isaac Newton.

 

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