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Traveling towards fame: Albert Einstein and the Eddington eclipse expedition to Príncipe and Sobral in 1919

  • Lapo Casetti

Albert Einstein abruptly rose to worldwide fame in November 1919, after Arthur Eddington announced the successful measurement of the gravitational light bending predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. The measurement had been performed by an expedition towards two remote Portuguese-speaking destinations, the island of Príncipe in equatorial Africa and Sobral in northern Brazil, where the total solar eclipse of May 29, 1919 was visible and allowed to measure the position of stars close to the Sun, revealing the sought-after effect. This journey was the beginning of a story that still goes on today.

  • Keywords:
  • Einstein,
  • Eddington,
  • general relativity,
  • solar eclipse,
  • São Tomé and Príncipe,
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Lapo Casetti

University of Florence, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-6964-5611

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Chapter Title

Traveling towards fame: Albert Einstein and the Eddington eclipse expedition to Príncipe and Sobral in 1919

Authors

Lapo Casetti

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English

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10.36253/978-88-5518-467-0.34

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2021

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Book Title

Nel segno di Magellano tra terra e cielo

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Il viaggio nelle arti umanistiche e scientifiche di lingua portoghese e di altre culture europee in un’ottica interculturale

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Michela Graziani, Lapo Casetti, Salomé Vuelta García

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2021

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