Speaker: Marco Bruni
Location: Cody Astronomical Society, Farnborough
A century ago Einstein arrived at the full formulation of General Relativity, his theory of gravity that replaced Newton’s gravitation to make gravity compatible with Special Relativity (formulated by Einstein in 1905) and electromagnetism (formulated by Maxwell in the second half of 19th century). Gravity is central in astrophysics, as it determines the life of stars and the formation of black holes, and General Relativity is at the base of modern cosmology, intended as the physical study of the whole Universe. In this talk I will review a century of General Relativity and its role in our contemporary understanding of the Universe.