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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

How researchers succeed in tracking down gravitational waves more

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

In the 1970s, Max Planck scientists started working in the research field of gravitational waves more

Today, we cannot imagine modern astrophysics without the general theory of relativity: no matter if it's black holes, quasars, or gravitational lenses – it plays an important role in all these fields.  And when researchers try to track down gravitational waves, they are trying to confirm one of Einstein's predictions. The eventful history of the most famous equation of the century. more

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