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The politics of physics

The New York Times recently published this piece that describes implications of politics and war on physics, in a time when Einstein’s work on the general relativity was a puzzle with its pieces all coming together.

In this article, Professor David Kaiser from MIT discusses the lesser known stories behind the development of one of the most important and famous theories in physics, from the naysayers who argued against Einstein’s anti-Newtonian ideas of gravitational forces, to the anti-Einstein rallies in a war-ravaged Germany during WWI. It is fair to say that our beloved general theory of relativity has had quite a journey to begin with.

Image: “Albert Einstein: Authorial Fame Seems to be Relative!” (via GHDI)

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