Einstein and geophysics: Valuable contributions warrant a second look



All scientists know that Albert Einstein's work transformed the principles of physics in atomistic, quantum mechanics, and relativity theory. Many of Einstein's fundamental investigations proved to be relevant to geophysical research as well, though his contributions are often overlooked. Einstein's General Relativity Theory (GRT) initiated a new chapter not only in astronomy, but also in geophysics. Models of the universe based on Einstein's ideas nowadays underpin the main fields of cosmic geophysics, and his basic work on relativistic astrophysics and related fields of science captured the interest of geophysicists such as Emil Wiechert and Hans Ertel.