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A century after the publication of the General Theory of Relativity, the triumph of Einstein's superb work seems complete. With the recent direct detection of gravitational waves every prediction of the theory has been checked off. And yet something is lacking, namely a physical mechanism for the interaction between matter and spacetime. Furthermore, it is entirely unclear what role the 'dark stuff' in the deep Universe plays. We need a version of Einstein's theory that is compatible with quantum mechanics. Maybe that will give us answers to questions such as: hoe does matter tell spacetime that it must curve? And how much? Why do we not expand with the Universe? And even: what was there before the Big Bang?
This lecture is organized by J.D. van der Waals, the study association for applied physics at TU/e, together with Studium Generale. The lecture is also part of The Eindhoven Physics Symposium 2016 on Astrophysics, organized by J.D. van der Waals.
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