General Relativity

General Relativity Image Credit: Nguyen Nguyen for Science Magazine

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In honor of the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, Science magazine has unveiled an interactive comic that helps you understand the theory. In 1915, Einstein explained that the force of gravity arises when mass and energy warp space and time, or spacetime. Freefalling objects then follow the straightest possible paths in that warped spacetime, which to us appear as the arcing trajectory of a thrown ball.

You can follow Einstein as he explains general relativity in approximately 10 semi-animated pictures and accompanying text. You can simply scroll through the comic by either using your mouse wheel or the cursor up/down arrow keys. As you do this, you follow Einstein on his thought journey up an imaginary building and off its roof.

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For Educators

The release of this interactive coincides with the 100th anniversary of the theory of general relativity, which Einstein published on November 25, 1915. This theory redefined human understanding of space, time, and gravity. You and your students can use this interactive comic to get a general overview of the theory. The graphics can help students visualize the concepts described by Einstein. Once they've gone through the comic, you can lead your students into a lesson on the theory of general relativity.

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