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International Conference

A Century of General Relativity

30 November - 5 December 2015

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The year 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of Einstein's field equations. To celebrate this event, the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (or Albert Einstein Institute) hosted a conference during the week of November 30, 2015, exactly one hundred years after the publication of Einstein's paper. The conference took place in the recently renovated Harnack House, where Albert Einstein regularly lectured between 1915 and 1931.The first two days of the conference (Monday November 30 and Tuesday December 1) devoted to a review of recent developments in and future perspectives for General Relativity and its connections to particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics. The third day (Wednesday December 2) was a joint event with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, with talks on the past, present and future of General Relativity. On December 3-5 the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science concluded the celebratory events with a workshop on the history of Einstein's theory titled "The "Renaissance" of General Relativity: Assessing Einsteins's Legacy in Post-World War II Physics". The year 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of Einstein's field equations. To celebrate this event, the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (or Albert Einstein Institute) hosted a conference during the week of November 30, 2015, exactly one hundred years after the publication of Einstein's paper. The conference took place in the recently renovated Harnack House, where Albert Einstein regularly lectured between 1915 and 1931.
The first two days of the conference (Monday November 30 and Tuesday December 1) devoted to a review of recent developments in and future perspectives for General Relativity and its connections to particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics. The third day (Wednesday December 2) was a joint event with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, with talks on the past, present and future of General Relativity. On December 3-5 the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science concluded the celebratory events with a workshop on the history of Einstein's theory titled "The "Renaissance" of General Relativity: Assessing Einsteins's Legacy in Post-World War II Physics".

Participants & Discussants

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (Physics Conference)

Eric Adelberger, University of Washington, Seattle
Abhay Ashtekar, Penn State University, University Park
Zvi Bern, University of California, Los Angeles
Thibault Damour, IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette
Reinhard Genzel, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching
Andrea Ghez, University of California, Los Angeles
David Gross, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara
Hanoch Gutfreund, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Ted Jacobson, University of Maryland, College Park
Sergiu Klainerman, Princeton University, Princeton
Joseph Polchinski, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara
Frans Pretorius, Princeton University, Princeton
Harvey Reall, DAMTP, Cambridge
David Spergel, Princeton University, Princeton
Ingrid Stairs, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Paul Steinhardt, Princeton University, Princeton
Rai Weiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday (History of Science Conference)

Abhay Ashtekar, Pennsylvania State University
Markus Aspelmeyer, University of Vienna
Yemima Ben-Menachem, Hebrew University
Alexander Blum, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Luisa Bonolis, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Dieter Brill, University of Maryland
Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat, Université Pierre et Marie Curie/Sorbonne
Thibault Damour, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifique
Jeroen van Dongen, Utrecht University and University of Amsterdam
Jean Eisenstaedt, SYRTE - Observatoire de Paris, PSL Research University, CNRS, Sorbonne Universités
George Ellis, University of Cape Town
Reinhard Genzel, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
Dominico Giulini, University of Hannover
Hubert Goenner, University of Göttingen
Joshua N. Goldberg, Syracuse University
David Gross, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics
Hanoch Gutfreund, Hebrew University
David Kaiser, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Daniel Kennefick, University of Arkansas
Diana Kormos-Buchwald, California Institute of Technology – Einstein Papers Project
Helge Kragh, Copenhagen University
Roberto Lalli, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Dennis Lehmkuhl, California Institute of Technology
Christoph Lehner, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Waterford Institute of Technology
Jim Peebles, Princeton University
Roger Penrose, University of Oxford
Brian Pitts, Cambridge University
Adele La Rana, Sapienza University of Rome
Jürgen Renn, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Dean Rickles, University of Sydney
David Rowe, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Remo Ruffini, International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics and Sapienza University
Thomas A. Ryckman, Stanford University
Don Salisbury, Austin College
Tilman Sauer, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Matthias Schemmel, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Robert Schulmann
Chris Smeenk, University of Western Ontario
John Stachel, Boston University
Kurt Sundermeyer, Free University of Berlin
Aaron Wright, Harvard University
Christian Wütrich, University of California at San Diego

Local Organizing Committee

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (Physics Conference)

Bruce Allen, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)
Alessandra Buonanno,
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)
Karsten Danzmann,
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)
Hermann Nicolai,
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)
Bernard Schutz,
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday (History of Science Conference)

Alexander Blum, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Roberto Lalli,
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Jürgen Renn,
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Scientific Advisor

Diana Kormos-Buchwald, California Institute of Technology – Einstein Papers Project

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