Mind Over (Dark) Matter: Irwin Shapiro Says Albert Einstein's Theories Have Stood The Test of Time

Mind Over (Dark) Matter: Irwin Shapiro Says Albert Einstein’s Theories Have Stood The Test of Time (So Far)

Irwin Shapiro
Irwin Shapiro

Considered to be the most influential physicist of the 20th century, Albert Einstein (1879–1955) developed the theory of relativity and laid foundations for modern quantum mechanics.

The former Director of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and recipient of the 2013 Einstein Prize from the American Physical Society, Irwin Shapiro is Timken University Professor at Harvard University and a Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution.

Q: You're a Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University and the recipient of the 2013 Einstein Prize from the American Physical Society. How has Albert Einstein influenced your work in gravitational physics?

A: Einstein created the general theory of relativity, which I thought to test. Clearly, his influence was fundamental to my studies.

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