Special Colloquium today celebrates Einstein’s legacy, centennial of general relativity

James Hartle

James Hartle

Albert Einstein presented his complete theory of general relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin in a series of lectures in November 1915. Fermilab celebrates the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s revolutionary theory of general relativity with a special colloquium today at 4 p.m. in One West.

Professor James Hartle of the University of California, Santa Barbara, a recipient of the 2009 APS Einstein Prize and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, will give the colloquium titled “Einstein’s Vision and the Quantum Universe.”

Hartle is well-known for his work on general relativity, astrophysics and interpretation of quantum mechanics. He developed the Hartle-Hawking wavefunction of the universe, in collaboration with Stephen Hawking, to explain the initial conditions of the Big Bang cosmology. He is an author of the book “Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein’s General Relativity.”

The colloquium is free and open to the public. A wine and cheese reception will follow.