Matthew Stanley
Professor of the History of Science, New York University

Matthew Stanley is professor of the history of science at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. His most recent book is Einstein’s War: How Relativity Conquered Nationalism and Shook the World (2019).

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The 29 May 1919 solar eclipse taken by the British astronomer Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), confirmed Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The stars near the Sun appear slightly shifted because their light is curved by its gravitational field. Príncipe Island, Gulf of Guinea. Royal Astronomical Society/Science Photo Library

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Curving the Universe

A century ago, a team of scientists chased the arc of starlight across a total eclipse to prove Einstein right on relativity

Matthew Stanley