Paul Cadden-Zimansky: "Einstein at the Center of the Universe: On the Specifics of General Theories"
Introduced by Thomas Bartscherer
Part of the ROSTRUM series, hosted by The Language and Thinking Program at Bard College languageandthinking.bard.edu/
Paul Cadden-Zimansky is an assistant professor of physics at Bard College. He spoke in Olin Hall on the Bard campus on August 21, 2014.
Einstein at the Center of the Universe: On the Specifics of General Theories. The first decades of the 20th century witnessed Albert Einstein working to extend to the utmost the centuries old principle of relativity, a principle which strives to eliminate any privileged perspective from our explanations concerning the motions of physical objects. In this talk, I’ll describe the specific sacrifices of human intuition Einstein made in the service of this principle, and address the question of whether he succeeded in formulating a truly general theory of motion.