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 Italian polymath – philosopher, astronomer, mathematician, physicist, engineer and talented author – Galileo Galilei was born 450 years ago. The Renaissance man of Pisa, a man of many talents, already became a legend in his own time.
September 14, 2015 will go down in history. This is the day when researchers first detected gravitational waves – 100 years after Albert Einstein put forward his General Theory of Relativity which predicts such distortions of space-time. They pulled off this sensation with the Advanced LIGO installation, whose sensitivity to the gentle trembling from space is based substantially on technologies and methods thought up by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hanover and Golm.
The phenomenon of language holds many mysteries: What is the basis of this unique human ability? How are we shaped by our native language, and how has language evolved in various parts of the world? An overview of important research questions in the Max Planck Society.
After the genome, researchers are now turning their attention towards the proteome. They aim to establish a complete human protein catalogue – hoping to gain new insights into cell functions and the causes of diseases.
For a decade, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has flown through the vastness of space. Now it is ever closer getting to its target: 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko - a comet full of surprises. Its nucleus, for example, is similar to a rubber duckie. Scientists are therefore eagerly waiting for August 6, when Rosetta will enter into orbit around the celestial body. And in November Philae will land on its surface.