The Origin of Gravitational Lensing: A Postscript to Einstein's 1936 Science Paper

@article{Renn1997TheOO,
  title={The Origin of Gravitational Lensing: A Postscript to Einstein's 1936 Science Paper},
  author={J. Renn and T. Sauer and J. Stachel},
  journal={Science},
  year={1997},
  volume={275},
  pages={184 - 186}
}
Gravitational lensing, now taken as an important astrophysical consequence of the general theory of relativity, was found even before this theory was formulated but was discarded as a speculative idea without any chance of empirical confirmation. Reconstruction of some of Einstein's research notes dating back to 1912 reveals that he explored the possibility of gravitational lensing 3 years before completing his general theory of relativity. On the basis of preliminary insights into this theory… Expand
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