Alex McConnell

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Alex McConnell

Category Documentaries
Language English (British)
Description Einstein and relativity
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general relativity was Einstein's greatest triumph. It brought him fame that no scientist that experienced before or has seen since. Though Einstein's theories of time and gravity may seem strange, his work remains fundamental to our understanding of our universe today. Planes relying on the global positioning system take Einstein's calculations of time into account to navigate accurately. Deep space satellites have to compensate for Einstein's reading of gravity. The work springing from this period in Einstein's life has helped us build the modern world. But despite this, another piece of work also completed back in 1905 had already sown the seeds of what would become his doomed obsession. He saw a Connexion between the fundamental physics of our universe, Onda sense of elegance, beauty, even spirituality. For him, the laws of the universe were an expression of the divine. Einstein believed that the rules of the universe could always be explained through elegant mathematics. In effect, he thought that science could lead to an understanding of God's design for the universe