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Gott talk to mark Einstein anniversary, April 18

Princeton astrophysicist Richard Gott will be the speaker at a Monday, April 18, event organized by physics students to celebrate the work of Albert Einstein and to commemorate the World Year of Physics.

Gott, who has written and taught extensively about Einstein's theory of general relativity, including its implications for time travel, will speak at 8 p.m. in McDonnell A02.

The talk, which takes place on the 50th anniversary of Einstein's death, is organized by the Princeton Society of Physics Students as part the World Year of Physics, a yearlong celebration of physics and Einstein organized by international physics organizations and recognized by the United Nations. The year is the 100th anniversary of Einstein's "miracle year" in which he published three of his most influential papers.

Gott, who co-teaches an introductory astronomy course called "The Universe," is known for his skill in presenting the complexities of relativity for a general audience. His 2001 book, "Time Travel in Einstein's Universe," explored the possibilities for time travel from a rigorous scientific standpoint, but in broadly accessible language. In 2004, Gott created a map of the universe to better explain the Earth's current position in time and space. He received Princeton's President's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1998.

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