|The sixth biennial Francis Bacon Conference took place on March 10-12, 2016, at the California Institute of Technology and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Titled General Relativity at One Hundred or GR 100, the three-day conference was occasioned by the centennial of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Participants at GR 100, a collaboration among physicists and historians, explored topics ranging from the early history of general relativity to ongoing experimental projects, including gravitational wave detection and precision tests, and various fronts of theoretical research.
The conference was organized by the Divisions of the Humanities and Social Sciences and Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at Caltech, with The Huntington’s Research Division. It began with the Francis Bacon Award Lecture by Jürgen Renn, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, who received the 2014 Bacon Award for his influential studies of structural changes in systems of knowledge.