A century ago, on a small island off the coast of West Africa, a few adventurous astronomers led by Arthur Eddington pointed their telescopes at the sun as it went dark. Their goal was to measure distant stars during what would become one of the most famous total solar eclipses, but in the process they created a whole new kind of star: Albert Einstein . We owe our understanding of modern physics and astronomy — and technology like GPS that helps us navigate our daily lives — to this landmark scientific experiment, which tested Einstein’s theory of general relativity 100 years ago. What was at stake was the scientific equivalent of settling a bet about how the universe works. On one side of the bet was German-born Einstein, and on the other was the British father of modern science, Isaac Newton. At the time, Germany and Britain had just been on opposite ends of bloodiest war either side had ever seen — World War I. But rather than geopolitics, the disagreement at hand had to do with gravity and light. According to Newton’s conception of physics, light has no mass and therefore cannot be affected by gravity, so it should… Read full this story
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