John Norton, The Error that Showed the Way: Einstein's Path to his Gravitational Field Equations

Bern, Unitobler, Lerchenweg 36, room F-122, CH-3000 Bern 9
20:00 - 21:30

Public lecture.


In 1912, in an early gravitation theory devised prior to general relativity, Einstein was horrified to find a fatal problem. The gravitational interactions among a resting system of masses, connected by a rigid frame, would spontaneously set the frame into motion. Einstein repaired the problem with a carefully tailored correction to the theory's gravitational field equation. He thereby introduced a method for devising gravitational field equations that persists today.