Einstein and the Birth of General Relativity – Prof. Petros Florides – Nov 5th 2015

PosterFlorides
No sooner had Einstein published his special theory of relativity in 1905 than the search for a generalization of this theory began. The search for a theory which, unlike the special theory of relativity, could deal satisfactorily with gravitational phenomena, and in which absolute motion of any kind and the existence of any preferential reference systems disappear completely. It was after ten years of hard, intense, and often frustrating work, that Einstein’s efforts were crowned with brilliant success in 1915, almost exactly one hundred years ago. The outcome was his General Theory of Relativity, “probably the greatest discovery ever made”. The lecture will be about Einstein’s life and work, mainly on the birth of general relativity.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s