Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Mississippi


  • Tue
    6:00 pmLusa Bakery Bistro and Bar

    Curved space-time:
    Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of General Relativity

    Dr. Katherine Dooley,
    Department of Physics and Astronomy,
    University of Mississippi

    November 1915 was a revolutionary month in the history of science. Einstein published a series of four papers, week upon week, culminating with his presentation of the field equations of General Relativity. He told us that what we thought we knew about gravity from our everyday
    experience is not the whole story. Gravity is the result of massive objects warping space and time. After 100 years, his theory has survived a series of continuous tests of its validity. I will tell some of the early story of Einstein's rise to becoming a pop star and show examples of some of the bizarre consequences of his theory.