Gravity: A Political History

Max-von-Laue-Vortrag auf der Jahrestagung der DPG 2013 in Dresden

Tu, 05.03.2013 20:00  –   Tu, 05.03.2013 21:00
David Kaiser, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA
Event partner:
TU Dresden
Contact person:
Götz Neuneck,
DPG Association:
Working Group on Physics and Disarmament (AGA)  
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A popular image persists of Albert Einstein as a loner, someone who avoided the hustle and bustle of everyday life in favor of quiet contemplation. Yet Einstein was deeply engaged with politics throughout his life; indeed, he was so active politically that the US FBI kept him under surveillance for decades. His most enduring scientic legacy, the general theory of relativity – physicists’ reigning explanation for gravity and the basis for nearly all our thinking about the cosmos – has likewise been cast as an austere temple standing aloof from the all-toohuman dramas of political history. But was it so? is talk explores surprising linkages between the pursuit of general relativity and the political history of the 20th century, tracing the embedding of the research in the wider context of the social responsibility of science.