Bozeman event celebrates Einstein discovery

Albert Einstein’s discovery of general relativity, which has its 100th anniversary in 2015, will be recognized through a celebration of Einstein’s life and work taking place in the coming weeks.

The festivities will culminate with a week of “Celebrating Einstein” events at the Emerson Cultural Center from April 2-6.

Principal organizer and developer Nicolas Yunes said, “We have a story to tell with gravity that hasn’t been told yet.” Without Einstein’s theories and equations, for example, we would not have today’s GPS systems.

He explained that new scientific instruments, set to debut in 2015, will measure gravitational waves for the first time, and this measurement is a huge step for science and the “intellectuality of mankind” as a whole.

“Celebrating Einstein” is the first event of its kind. Set as a trial program to potentially be enacted around the United States, it is the product of a collaboration between MSU and the Bozeman community. Attempting to bridge the gap between arts and sciences, the event will encompass three major areas: education, art and lectures.

Various events will take place on campus, the Emerson Cultural Center and even Wild Joe’s Coffee. These events are meant to educate and entertain physics gurus and non-scientific thinkers alike.

Officially sponsored by groups such as NASA, the National Science Foundation and many MSU academic departments, the schedule features a wide variety of events, including lectures on physics, art exhibits and even jazz music.

One of the week’s main events is the “Black (W)hole” original art and science collaborative, which debuts at the Emerson on April 2. The full exhibit will show the effects of black holes in the universe. It also aims to show how gravity, usually studied with sight, can also be studied by listening.

“It’s time to tell the story of gravitational waves,” Yunes said of the celebration’s importance. “We as physicists have the responsibility to tell others of our research. What a better way than with a celebration?”

All activities are free and open to the public. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.einstein.montana.edu.