Physics in Perspective

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 379–394 | Cite as

Amazonia Introduced to General Relativity: The May 29, 1919, Solar Eclipse from a North-Brazilian Point of View

Article

Abstract

In 1919, A. C. D. Crommelin and C. R. Davidson, British astronomers from the Greenwich Observatory in England, passed by Amazonia on their Brazilian journey aiming to measure the bending of stars' light rays during the total solar eclipse of May 29, 1919, and thereby put the theory of general relativity to the test. In the context of Crommelin’s and Davidson’s visit, we discuss how Amazonia was introduced to Einstein’s theory of gravitation, and also the observations and repercussions of the May 29, 1919, solar eclipse in Belém, capital city of the North-Brazilian Pará state.

Keywords

General relativity Solar eclipse Amazonia Brazil Albert Einstein A. C. D. Crommelin C. R. Davidson 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of PhysicsPará UniversityBelémBrazil

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