Thorne's lecture "A Century of Einstein’s Relativity: From the Big Bang to Black Holes and Interstellar" will be given in English. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Renn, the director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, will give an introduction to the lecture.
In his lecture, Thorne will look back at 100 years of general relativity and explain the theory using examples from the film Interstellar. The movie directed by Christopher Nolan is set in the second half of the 21st century. It portrays a scientist who hopes to save humankind with his theory, which aims to unite quantum physics and gravity. Thorne was a scientific consultant for the film.
Thorne was the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute for Technology (Caltech), where he earned his B.S. degree in physics in 1962. He earned his doctorate from Princeton University in 1965 and returned to Caltech to teach and do research. Thorne's research interests include gravitational physics and astrophysics. Since 2009 he has also worked as a writer and film consultant.
The Einstein Lectures Dahlem, hosted by Freie Universität Berlin in partnership with several external institutions, are dedicated to the epochal work of Albert Einstein in Berlin. The 15th Einstein Lecture Dahlem is being hosted in cooperation with the Max Planck Society, which is committed to Einstein's legacy in many respects. Between 1917 and 1933, Einstein was the director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Physics, which reemerged after 1948 as the Max Planck Institute of Physics. Various Max Planck Institutes conduct research based on Einstein's theory, which is also an important impetus for the research dialogue between the natural sciences and humanities. In the 1980s the Max Planck Society played an important role in re-establishing the physical research that is based on Einstein's theory of relativity while at the same time promoting research of Einstein's theory in the history of science during the course of the 20th century.
The Einstein Lectures Dahlem series was instituted at Freie Universität in 2005. The lectures address a broad academic public and cover various scientific disciplines influenced by Einstein’s thinking.
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