Albert Einstein finished his general theory of relativity in November 1915 and its influence has been profound, dramatically influencing the direction of physics, cosmology, and mathematics. His field equations of gravitation explained how matter curves spacetime, how this curvature tells matter how to move, and it gave scientists the mathematical tools to understand how space would evolve in time, leading to a deeper understanding of the universe’s early conditions and development.
Member (1977–78) and Visitor (1990–91, 1998–99)
in the School of Natural Sciences, has been awarded the 2019 Nobel
Prize in Physics (see his lecture above) for his
“contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the
The Institute sometimes spends money on risky ventures, giving
sustained support to people who work on unfashionable and dubious
projects. One example of a risky venture was Einstein, who worked
here for twenty years on unified field theories that...
Black holes are among the strangest predictions of
Einstein’s general theory of relativity: regions of spacetime
in which gravity is so strong that nothing—not even
light—can escape. More precisely, a black hole is a
singularity in spacetime...
Albert Einstein finished his general theory of relativity in
November 1915, and in the hundred years since, its influence has
been profound, dramatically influencing the direction of physics,
cosmology, and mathematics. The theory upended Isaac...
Christmas Day, 1942, was the three hundredth birthday of Isaac
Newton. I was then an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Since Newton was our most famous fellow, the college organized a
meeting to celebrate his birthday. Since it was war...
Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, a pillar
of modern physics formulated 100 years ago, was celebrated by the
Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University in a two-day
conference, General Relativity at 100. The conference...
Addressing an international audience in 2004, Professor Dong
Guangbi, an erudite historian of science, summarized Chinese
physics development over the previous century, and he argued that
the country from which Chinese physicists and physics...
What do the motion of the planets in our solar system, the
energy levels of the hydrogen atom, and the interactions between
subatomic particles have in common? Surprisingly, they are all
governed by the same hidden symmetry principles. This is