Einstein´s errors, triumphs and misconceptions

DIPC Seminars

Álvaro de Rújula, CERN Theoretical Physics Department
Donostia International Physics Center
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Einstein´s errors, triumphs and misconceptions A brief review of Einstein's contributions, both as a little known experimentalist and a somewhat known theorist. These include, among other themes, the electron's magnetic moment, the most famous formula of all times, astronomical and cosmological lensing, the twin paradox in special and general relativity, the equivalence principle, gravitational waves, the motions of planets and stars, the inflationary model of the universe, and the least understood of all substances: the cosmological constant. Not everything Einstein published in many of these areas turned out to be right. Which does not subtract much from his curriculum.