Albert Einstein

In November 1915, Albert Einstein published his theory of gravitation, thus attaining international renown which was to last unfailingly until the present day, long after his death. The history of his general theory of relativity, however, took a different course. It lost its appeal in the 1920s and did not experience a resurgence until the mid-1950s. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science have traced this surprising development.

The image is an artistic representation of the double pulsar system PSR J0737-3039 A/B, in which two active pulsars orbit each other in just 147 minutes

The theory of general relativity passes a range of precise tests set by pair of extreme stars more

Balzan Prize 2021 for Alessandra Buonanno

The director at the Max Planck Institute für Gravitational Physics is awarded in the field of "Gravitation: physical and astrophysical aspects". more

Confirming Einstein’s most fortunate thought

Radio astronomers use a dance of three exotic stars to test the universality of free fall more

Quantum jump tipping the balance

Measuring tiny differences in mass between different quantum states provides new insights into heavy atoms more

<p>Dance around the heart of our Milky Way</p>

The star S2 orbits the supermassive black hole on a rosette-shaped orbit and confirms Einstein's theory more

A solar eclipse sheds light on physics

Observations of the cosmic shadow dance on 29 May 1919 substantiated a new scientific view of the world more

The mystery of the dark bodies

The idea that black holes exist dates back to the 18th century more

Tracking the smallest particles

The Max Planck Institute for Physics commemorates its 100th anniversary more

The cosmos quakes

How researchers succeed in tracking down gravitational waves more

Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. more

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