Perimeter Institute celebrates Einstein’s theory of general relativity and its contemporary renaissance

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National Post

It’s been a century since Albert Einstein scribbled a series of papers in one week in November 1915.

He would eventually explain why Mercury’s orbit shifts ever so slightly through his theory of general relativity. His ideas birthed theories of black holes, wormholes and, yes, the ideas on display in the blockbuster movie Interstellar. It’s also behind the most famous equation in the world: E=mc2

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But for about 50 years after Einstein’s initial papers, his most important work lay almost dormant. Few scientists were then studying notions that have become ubiquitous in pop science and science fiction: black holes, theoretical time travel, and mysterious dark matter permeating the universe. Then, in the mid-20th century, scientists sought to better understand the cosmos, general relativity suddenly seemed to explain almost everything. (Except certain quantum theories which don’t seem to bend to the forces of gravity and could…

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