Einstein May Be About to Be Proved Right—Again
Relativity’s wacky predictions for how matter, space, and time behave have been proved correct, 100 years straight.
If recent rumors are true, scientists have finally detected gravitational waves—shockwaves rippling through space and time itself.
Albert Einstein first proposed the existence of gravitational waves 100 years ago, and directly observing them would provide the final vindication for his masterwork: the theory of general relativity.
On Thursday, we’ll find out if Einstein is right one last time. Researchers from Caltech and MIT will convene for a press conference where they may announce that they’ve picked up the tiny wobble of gravitational waves produced by two colliding black holes.
Einstein wasn’t always seen as the genius he is today. When he first proposed his trippy ideas about relativity, some scholars staged protests. Others badmouthed Einstein in the press, decrying both his