- Dec 3, 2015
The Low-water Mark of General Relativity, a Theory Ahead of its Time
During the low water mark period, general relativity was not fashionable for much a physicist and a limited number of articles were published. The perihelion of Mercury was the essential test to secure the theory; a neo-Newtonian interpretation dominated. Einstein's theory of gravitation was generally considered as a mathematical theory. Relativists were isolated. In this context, I will insist on the limited actual physical results of the theory, on the main questions to be solved, and on the ways that were to lead to the renewal: cosmology, black-holes and astrophysics.
LocationHarnack-Haus Tagungsstätte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft