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Wednesday, November 16, 2005
8:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium – Beckman Auditorium

Einstein Lecture: Kip Thorne: Einstein's General Relativity, from 1905 to 2005

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This lecture is also part of the Einstein Centennial Lecture Series at Caltech.

Einstein struggled from 1905 to 1915 to formulate a new theory of gravity—his general relativity. He announced his theory 90 years ago, on November 25, 1915; it describes gravity as a consequence of a warping of space and time. Since 1915, physicists have struggled to understand and test the predictions. This struggle led to black holes, gravitational waves, and the acceleration of the universe; and atCaltech/JPL, to powerful tools for probing warped spacetime.

The full title of this lecture is Einstein's General Relativity, from 1905 to 2005: Warped Spacetime, Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and the Accelerating Universe.

Kip Thorne is the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech.


Caltech's Einstein Centennial Lecture Series celebrates the centennial of Albert Einstein's "miracle year." During 1905, Einstein, at the age of 26, proved the existence and sizes of molecules, explained light as both particles and waves, and created the special theory of relativity, part of which links matter and energy in the revolutionary equation E=mc². The four lectures in this special series highlight the lasting impact of Einstein's scientific theories. [Series Flyer (PDF)]
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