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Physicist Draws Map of Einstein’s Universe for the First Time

By Akemi Tatsakura

Einstein’s theory of general relativity has become accepted as a fact because no one can prove it to be in error. James Mertens at Case Western Reserve University, colleagues from Case Western, Professor John T. Giblin Jr. of Kenyon College, Marco Bruni at the University of Portsmouth in England, and Eloisa Bentivegna, Senior Researcher and Rita Levi Montalcini at the University of Catania in Italy are the first to develop computer programs that draw the universe based on Einstein’s theory. The first pictures of Einstein’s universe appeared in the June 24, 2016, edition of the journal Physical Review Letters.

The development is the first representation of the universe that applies all of Einstein’s theory of general relativity without any of the previous assumptions that made the math simpler. The process is a work in progress. The entire map of the universe and the software that can be used to display the mapping of any part of the universe will be free to any user that needs it. The development was made possible by numerous discoveries that proved Einstein to be correct including the recent discovery of gravitational waves.

The universe is an extremely bumpy place. The gravitational impact of stars, black holes, galaxies, and possibly other dimensions warp both time and space. Space and time are extremely curved just as Einstein predicted 100 years ago. The new map of the universe is the most precise that has ever been constructed by man. The variations in gravity may lead to a faster means of interstellar space travel. The mapping is a fitting celebration to Einstein’s understandings of the math that makes the universe tick. It is unfortunate that the genius never got to see his map.

Physicist draws map of Einstein’s universe for the first time

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