What is relativity? Simply put, it is a theory that attempts to explain different perspectives of time and space in motion. Developing the complexities of General and Special Relativity is what defined Albert Einstein as a genius and launched an unprecedented era of technological and scientific advancements. For the 100th anniversary of General Relativity, Jeffrey Bennett offers a short explanation of what relativity is and why it matters to all of us in this interview with George Noory originally webcast September 22, 2014.
Astrophysicist Jeffrey Bennett Ph.D. specializes in mathematics and science education. He spends most of his time writing and speaking to audiences ranging from elementary school children to college faculty. Working closely with NASA’s Education Division and other science missions, Bennett helps to bridge the cultural divide between education and science. He was the first scientist hired at NASA Headquarters to specifically leverage science missions for education.