Gravitation and the Cosmos: 100 Years after Einstein's Discovery of General Relativity

Abhay Ashtekar
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Wed, 2015-10-28 19:30 - 21:00
St. John's College, 2111 Lower Mall - UBC Campus
Local Contact: 
Swarn Rai
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2015 marks the centennial of Einstein's discovery of general relativity, a theory with an unprecedented combination of mathematical elegance, conceptual depth and observational success. The talk will recount this discovery and the birth of modern cosmology, then discuss black holes and the major role they have played in astrophysics and fundamental physics, and finally explain the notion of gravitational waves. Through numerous historical anecdotes, I will illustrate a century of successive triumphs of general relativity, and explain why researchers continue to be enchanted by its magic, even a century after its discovery.

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