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.