Interrogating the Legend of Einstein's “Biggest Blunder”

  title={Interrogating the Legend of Einstein's “Biggest Blunder”},
  author={Cormac O’Raifeartaigh and Simon A. Mitton},
  journal={Physics in Perspective},
It is well known that, following the emergence of the first evidence for an expanding universe, Albert Einstein banished the cosmological constant term from his cosmology. Indeed, he is reputed to have labelled the term, originally introduced to the field equations of general relativity in 1917 in order to predict a static universe, his “biggest blunder.” However, serious doubts about this reported statement have been raised in recent years. We interrogate the legend of Einstein’s “biggest… Expand

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