Podcast: Einstein’s Distant Parallelism

This week on the podcast I’m talking with physicist Paul Halpern about Einstein’s theory of distant parallelism. Never heard of it? It was on the front page of the New York Times in 1929. Einstein himself said it was more important than general relativity. The head of the NYU physics department predicted that it might give us antigravity devices. So what happened? It turns out the theory was doomed from the beginning. Wolfgang Pauli finally convinced Einstein to let go of distant parallelism, but it wasn’t the last time Einstein had bet his hand on a theory that didn’t pan out. Check out the podcast to hear more.

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