The Year That Was

The Pursuit of Truth: Eddington, Einstein, and the Eclipse of 1919

June 28th, 2021  •  51 mins 51 secs  •  Download (35.7 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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In 1914, most scientists claimed their work knew no borders, but the Great War slammed the door on international scientific cooperation. So when a obscure German physicist named Albert Einstein presented a radical new explanation of gravity, he feared no one outside of Germany would be willing to help confirm his theory. He had no idea that his work would come to the attention of the one man able to make the critical observations and willing to explore German ideas--the pacifist astronomer Arthur Eddington.