Happy birthday, General Relativity

November 25, 2015


One hundred years ago today, on 25 November 1915, Einstein first presented the field equations for General Relativity during a lecture in Gottingen. GR is regarded, with justice, as among the most beautiful and creative achievements in the history of science. I know of none greater, and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to spend many happy hours working with the field equations — and some unhappy ones too, of course, because they are fiendishly difficult to solve!

On the same date, 25 November 1915, Einstein’s paper on the perihelion advance of Mercury was published in Königlich Preußische Akademie der Wissenschaften. This was the first, and is still one of the most important, experimental tests of General Relativity.


4 Responses to “Happy birthday, General Relativity”

  1. Vince Says:

    Tomorrow, as a tribute to Einstein, I will present my equations for quantum gravity in Gottingen. 😉

  2. cburrell Says:

    Good luck with that, Vince!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    of course, when relativity’s birthday occurs will vary depending on where you are along the space/time continuum.

    Sorry, someone had to say it.

  4. cburrell Says:

    Heh. You are correct — within limits.

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