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Gravitation and general relativity at King’s College London (2019)


This essay concerns the study of gravitation and general relativity at King’s College London (KCL). It covers developments since the nineteenth century but its main focus is on the quarter of a century beginning in 1955. At King’s research in the twenty-five years from 1955 was dominated initially by the study of gravitational waves and then by the investigation of the classical and quantum aspects of black holes. While general relativity has been studied extensively by both physicists and mathematicians, most of the work at King’s described here was undertaken in the mathematics department.

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Authors & Contributors
Sauer, Tilman
Collins, Harry M.
Renn, Jürgen
Almassi, Benjamin S. P.
Buchwald, Diana Kormos
Buchwald, Jed Z.
Physics in Perspective
Annalen der Physik
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
European Physical Journal H
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Princeton University Press
University of Chicago Press
University of Washington
Cambridge University Press
Harvard University Press
Relativity, general
Quantum mechanics
Black holes (cosmology)
Einstein, Albert
Feynman, Richard Phillips
Klein, Oskar Benjamin
Broglie, Louis Victor Pierre Raymond de
Eddington, Arthur Stanley
Ehrenfest, Paul
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
21st century
19th century
London (England)
Lisbon (Portugal)
Harvard University
Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO)

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