Rotman Institute of Philosophy celebrates centenary of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein achieved his long-sought theory of gravitation: the General Theory of Relativity. In developing the General Theory, Einstein brought together ideas from philosophy, mathematics, and physics, to create a remarkable new conception of gravity, space, and time.

To celebrate the achievements of the 20th century’s greatest philosopher-scientist, the Rotman Institute of Philosophy at Western University is pleased to announce Einstein@Rotman 2015 – a year-long program of activities for both scholars and the general public, centred on the stunning successes and enduring mysteries of Einstein’s ideas.

For the inaugural event in the Einstein@Rotman series, the London Public Library and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy have partnered to present “Gravity, Geometry, and Philosophy: 100 Years in Einstein’s Universe” on Monday, March 2 at 7 pm.

Professor Robert DiSalle, professor of philosophy at Western University, will discuss how Einstein’s philosophical reflections on space, time, and gravity transformed our view of the nature and structure of the cosmos.

The centenary celebrations will continue throughout summer as the Rotman Institute of Philosophy hosts an international philosophy of physics conference, Gravity and Geometry: Centenary Perspectives on General Relativity, from June 6-7, 2015. More public events and lectures are also slated for fall 2015.

To learn more about upcoming Einstein@Rotman events that are planned to mark this anniversary visit: http://www.rotman.uwo.ca/announcing-einsteinrotman-2015