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Astronomer and philosopher both feel connection with the Theory of General Relativity

Sarah Gallagher and Chris Smeenk

Original photos courtesy of Frank Neufeld, Western News.

Astronomer Sarah Gallagher and her husband, philosopher Chris Smeenk, both feel connections to Albert Einstein's work.

Gallagher studies galaxies and black holes, among other areas of extra-galactic astronomy. In a special addition to the Western News Gallagher writes about the relationship between Albert Einsteins theory of General Relativity and the black holes which are found at the centers of virtually all large galaxies. In the same edition, Chris Smeenk writes about the development of the General Theory of Relativity.

For Chris Smeenk it has been a whirlwind of a year, having been named the new Director of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy in September.

In 2015 The Rotman School has been celebrating Einstein's life and achievements with a year-long schedule of events, displays, and conferences. You can check Einstein@Rotman 2015 for details. Running from Nov. 19 until Dec. 12 will be an exhibit displaying manuscripts as well as interactive physics displays that are related to some of Einstein's theories. Some of the interactive displays were borrowed from the Physics and Astronomy department, while others were made specifically for this event by the machine shop in Physics and Astronomy.

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