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Proving Einstein: Vancouver physics professor and his students will use the eclipse to confirm theory of relativity

Improved technology will allow observance of 'forbidden zone' of stars closest to sun

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian staff writer
Published: April 2, 2024, 6:05am
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In &ldquo;The Principle of Relativity,&rdquo; published in 1923, Albert Einstein called out to the scientists of the future for help proving his theories. Vancouver resident Toby Dittrich, who teaches physics at Portland Community College, is looking forward to doing just that in April.
In “The Principle of Relativity,” published in 1923, Albert Einstein called out to the scientists of the future for help proving his theories. Vancouver resident Toby Dittrich, who teaches physics at Portland Community College, is looking forward to doing just that in April. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

In a 1923 book called “The Principle of Relativity,” Albert Einstein seemed to call out to better-equipped scientists of the future to establish the truth of his mind-bending theoretical work.

“Apart from any theory, there is the question whether it is possible with the equipment at present available to detect an influence of gravitational fields on the propagation of light,” Einstein wrote (originally in German).

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