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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, we examine its essential insights, its lingering questions, the latest work it has sparked, and the allied fields of research that have resulted. World-renowned leaders in theoretical physics, cosmology, black holes, gravitational waves, and unification will discuss Einstein’s greatest achievement and give a glimpse of what the next century of discovery may have in store.

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Brian Greene
Brian GreenePhysicist

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Samir MathurPhysicist

Samir Mathur is a physicist who has spent over two decades working on the black hole information paradox. He has proposed that this paradox is resolved because the structure of black holes is radically altered in string theory: Instead of having all their mass at their center, black holes are “fuzzballs” with no regular horizon or singularity.

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Gabriela GonzálezPhysicist

Gabriela González is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University (LSU), where there is a large group of people working on the detection of gravitational waves, both in theory and experiment.

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Andrew StromingerTheoretical physicist

Andrew Strominger is a theoretical physicist with seminal and path-breaking contributions to quantum gravity and string theory. He is a co-discoverer of the Calabi-Yau compactification of string theory.

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Cumrun VafaPhysicist

Cumrun Vafa was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1960. In 1977, he came to the United States to study at MIT, where he received a B.S. in physics and mathematics. He pursued his graduate education at Princeton University and obtained his Ph.D. in physics in 1985 under the direction of Edward Witten.

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Steven WeinbergTheoretical Physicist

Steven Weinberg is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin. His honors include the Nobel Prize in Physics and National Medal of Science, election to numerous academies, and 16 honorary doctoral degrees.

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