Files in This Item:
File Format
b1155155.mp4Streaming VideoView/Open
Title: Einstein's ‘Zurich Notebook’ and his Journey to General Relativity
Originating Office: IAS
Speaker: Straumann, Norbert
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2011
Event Date: 1-Jun-2011
Group/Series/Folder: Record Group 8.15 - Institute for Advanced Study
Series 3 - Audio-visual Materials
Location: 8.15:3 box 1.7
Notes: IAS Conference on Cosmology since Einstein.
IAS title: Talk 21: 'Einstein's ‘Zurich Notebook’ and his Journey to General Relativity'.
Abstract: On the basis of his ‘Zurich Notebook’ Prof Straumann describes a particularly fruitful phase in Einstein’s struggle on the way to general relativity. These research notes are an extremely illuminating source for understanding Einstein’s main physical arguments and conceptual difficulties that delayed his discovery of general relativity by about three years. Together with the ‘Ent‐wurf’ theory in collaboration with Marcel Grossmann, these notes also show that the final theory was missed late in 1912 within a hair’s breadth. The Einstein‐Grossmann theory, published almost exactly hundred years ago, contains, however, virtually all essential elements of Einstein’s definite gravitation theory.
Duration: 45 min.
Appears in Series:8.15:3 - Audio-visual Materials
Videos for Public -- Distinguished Lectures