general relativity

A closer look at the power of symmetry in physics.

Finally we can be sure — black holes, those gravitational monsters that gobble up everything that gets too close to them, do exist.

A hundred years ago, on 25 November 1915, Einstein first presented his general theory of relativity. We explore this famous theory and what it says about the world we live in.

Pau Figueras explains how Einstein's theories predicted the existence of black holes, and how to describe them mathematically.

Pau Figueras explains how Einstein's theories predicted the existence of black holes, and how to describe them mathematically.

Small, dark, and very hard to see. This and far more indepth answers to every question you ever wanted to ask about black holes.

We asked cosmologist Pau Figueras everything we’ve ever wanted to know about black holes. In this podcast he explains what black holes are, physically, and how we hope to observe them.

At the heart of modern physics lurks a terrible puzzle: the two main theories that describe the world we live in just won't fit together.

To celebrate the centenary of the general theory of relativity we asked physicist David Tong to explain the theory and the equation that expresses it. Watch the video or read the article!

Read about the rocky road to one of Einstein's greatest achievements: the general theory of relativity, which celebrates its centenary this year.