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One Hundred Years of General Relativity & Gravitational Waves Celebrated at Caltech: Einstein Manuscript Exhibition & GR100 Bacon Conference

students look at exhibit casesOn February 16, 2016, the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Einstein Papers Project opened an exhibition of Einstein manuscripts, calculations, letters, books, and photographs from the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The exhibit runs February 16-23 in Dabney Lounge, after which time it will be moved to the Einstein Papers Project February 24-March 9 (10am to 4pm M-F). (pdf)

On Thursday March 10, 2016, Prof. Jürgen Renn, Director, Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, will deliver the 6th Biennial Bacon Award Public Lecture on "The Genesis and Transformation of General Relativity" at 4pm in Baxter Hall, Caltech. The lecture will be the opening event of GENERAL RELATIVITY AT ONE HUNDRED: THE 6th BIENNIAL BACON CONFERENCE. 3-4-16

Gravitational waves do exist, as has been announced today with great joy by the scientists of the LIGO collaboration, after more than two decades of intensive experimental work.  Collaborative work on the historiography of 20th century physics by the Einstein Papers Project at Caltech, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science carried out over many years has recently shown that the prediction of gravitational waves emerged almost exactly 100 years ago, in mid-February 1916, from an exchange of letters between Albert Einstein and the astronomer Karl Schwarzschild. See the full story here.

On February 4, 2016, the Association of American Publishers  conferred the 2016 AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES & MATHEMATICS and the 2016 AWARD FOR BEST IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES & MATHEMATICS/EPRODUCT to Princeton University Press for our Digital Edition of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein.

Einstein's Legacy: An Origins Project Panel took place on 22 February 2016 at Arizona State University. Frank Wilczek, Kip Thorne, and Diana K. Buchwald joined Lawrence Krauss in discussing insights into Einstein and his most famous work, exciting developments in physics, and what we can expect in the next 100 years from this groundbreaking theory. 2-11-16

On February 3, 2016, Diana K. Buchwald and Jürgen Renn presented highlights in the history of general relativity at a celebratory dinner for Caltech Associates at the Athenaeum Faculty Club. 2-4-16