The Gravity and Geometry: Centenary Perspectives on General Relativity conference was held this past June, here at Western. Participants presented physical, philosophical, and historical reflections on Einstein’s theory of gravity and space-time geometry, its development over the past century, and its future prospects. Invited speakers at the conference included John Norton, Kaća Bradonjić, and Carla Cederbaum. Videos of each of their lectures have been uploaded onto the Rotman YouTube channel. Remaining videos from this conference — from Lee Smolin, Marco Giovanelli, and Michael Friedman — will be available soon.
John Norton, University of Pittsburgh
Einstein’s Discovery of the General Theory of Relativity
Kaća Bradonjić, Wellesley College
Less is More: The Advantages of Unimodular Invariance
Carla Cederbaum, University of Tuebingen
Scientific (R)evolution: A Mathematical Perspective
The Gravity and Geometry: Centenary Perspectives on General Relativity conference is part of Einstein@Rotman 2015 – a year-long program of activities for both scholars and the general public, centred around the stunning successes and enduring significance of Einstein’s ideas. Join the Rotman Institute of Philosophy this October for a lecture series in celebration of the 100th anniversary of general relativity. Lectures will be held each Wednesday, at 7:00 pm, at the Central Library. Speakers include Chris Smeenk, Stathis Psillos, Doreen Fraser, and Wayne Myrvold.