Celebrating the 125th year of Albert Einstein's birth a series of public lectures was held in his home town of Ulm, Germany. This book combines the outstanding lectures given by the most renowned physicists, science historians and Einstein researchers. It sheds light on fascinating facets of his life and his work, giving the background on how he conceived the relativity theory, his intriguing journey from Ulm to Princeton, the circumstances of receiving the Nobel Prize, his long-reaching impact on physics of the 21st century, and even his surveillance by the FBI. The book is likely to interest the broad audience interested in the life and work of one of the most outstanding public personalities of the 20th century.
Einstein's Impact on Theoretical Physics of the 21-st Century.- Geometry, Gravity and the Quantum: Building on Einstein's Legacy.- Quantum Information and Relativity Theory.- Was Einstein Right?.- Mathematical Theory of the Interaction of Matter and Light.-Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time and the Beauty that Causes Havoc.- Towards the Quantum Brownian Motion.- Geometric Concepts in Einstein's Theory of Relativity.- The Current Status of Quantum Fields in Curved Spacetime.- Cosmological Billiards.- News from the Beginning of the World.- How Einstein found the Theory of Relativity.- Einstein and the Physical Notion of Time.- White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars and Black Holes.- What Einstein Could not yet See - Visualization of Relativistic Effects.- Albert Einstein as an Object of Political Police and Secret Services.- How Einstein Received the Nobel Prize.- Galaxies and Massive Black Holes.- Albert Einstein: From Ulm to Princeton.- Loop Quantum Gravity: Progress and Pitfalls.- Einstein and the Quantum.- Bose-Einstein Condensation as a Quantum Phase - Transition in a Model of an Optical Lattice.- Loop Quantum Cosmology.- The Thin-Sandwich Problem: A Status Report.- Is the Quantum Hall Effect Influenced by the Gravitational Field?- Detection of Gravitational Waves: Present Status.-Wormholes as Gravitational Lenses.