Whether Einstein was right or wrong, it’s all relative for award-winning scientist

RESEARCH: Tessa Baker has won a science award in Parliament

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ALBERT Einstein’s ideas underpin some of the most important discoveries in science.

And it is thanks to the German-born physicist’s theory of general relativity that we have our current understanding of how gravity works.

But an Oxford University scientist has been trying to prove his theories right or wrong.

Dr Tessa Baker, 26, of All Souls College, won an award and £3,000 from the Government for her research into which theories dreamt up on paper are accurate in reality. She said: “The universe is expanding much faster than we thought it would. One possible reason for that is Einstein’s theories were not quite right.

“My job is to look at other ideas about gravity and watch the stars for signs of evidence that backs them up.

“Our aim is to discover if there is a part of the puzzle we have not discovered yet. Whether Einstein was right or wrong, it is still a hugely important thing to know.”

Getting the studies right will affect our future abilities to do even greater things in science, but it hinges on studying whirlpool galaxies, supernovas and other cosmic formations for clues.

Last month Dr Baker travelled to Westminster to explain why her work was important to a judging panel of MPs and experts, in just three minutes.

She went up against 29 other shortlisted entrants and was crowned the winner.

Afterwards Dr Baker said: “If Einstein was wrong we have discovered a new theory of gravity.

“If he was right then we know we are still missing a huge section of our model of physics.”

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1:22pm Wed 2 Apr 14

mahesh khati says...

Einstein is not true always; universe is still much unknown to us. Refer paper on relativity on web www.maheshkhati.com or block einsteiniswrong.word
press.com for it. Which proves that he is wrong.
Einstein is not true always; universe is still much unknown to us. Refer paper on relativity on web www.maheshkhati.com or block einsteiniswrong.word press.com for it. Which proves that he is wrong. mahesh khati
  • Score: -5

4:25pm Wed 2 Apr 14

King Joke says...

I think you misunderstand the scientific process Mahesh; Einstein wasn't 'wrong', he just had the best theory at the time, which has subsequently been built on. Many of his predictions have been borne out in theory.
I think you misunderstand the scientific process Mahesh; Einstein wasn't 'wrong', he just had the best theory at the time, which has subsequently been built on. Many of his predictions have been borne out in theory. King Joke
  • Score: 2

12:15pm Thu 3 Apr 14

mahesh khati says...

have you read my book "Einstein's relativity is wrong" on www.maheshkhati.com which mathematically proved that SR is wrong, also proves that velocity can be more than C, also proves that absolute inertial frame of reference is not present in world & it is relative local effect only etc etc
have you read my book "Einstein's relativity is wrong" on www.maheshkhati.com which mathematically proved that SR is wrong, also proves that velocity can be more than C, also proves that absolute inertial frame of reference is not present in world & it is relative local effect only etc etc mahesh khati
  • Score: -1

12:29pm Thu 3 Apr 14

King Joke says...

Einstein was 'wrong' in the same way that Newton was 'wrong' - the theories have since been refined, but this should not detract from their achievements. I think my dad's read your book.

Well done proving velocity is greater than c (what is C?)... how is your time machine coming along?
Einstein was 'wrong' in the same way that Newton was 'wrong' - the theories have since been refined, but this should not detract from their achievements. I think my dad's read your book. Well done proving velocity is greater than c (what is C?)... how is your time machine coming along? King Joke
  • Score: 0

1:21pm Thu 3 Apr 14

mahesh khati says...

yes, you are true. Absolute truth is very far from us. I may be wrong but read my book again. It is re-writed by me.
yes, you are true. Absolute truth is very far from us. I may be wrong but read my book again. It is re-writed by me. mahesh khati
  • Score: -1

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