03/06/2015

One Hundred Years of General Relativity

22:06 minutes

Albert Einstein, by Orren Jack Turner. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington
Albert Einstein, by Orren Jack Turner. From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity 100 years ago. The theory has shaped the idea of black holes, pulsars, and modern cosmology. Science historian David Kaiser guides us through the history of Einstein’s insight, and physicists Michael Turner and Alex Filippenko discuss where the theory might take us in the future.

Segment Guests

David Kaiser

David Kaiser is the Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science and a senior lecturer in the Department of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts.

Michael Turner

Michael Turner is director and Rauner Distinguished Service Professor at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at The University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

Alex Filippenko

Alex Filippenko is an astronomy professor at the University Of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California.

Meet the Producer

About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is a producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.