This is the sixth part of the VERITAS series on General Relativity. Just to remind our readers: We are doing this series on Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of General Theory of Relativity. If you have missed any of the first five parts, you can read them here:
In the previous parts we have studied the basic ideas behind special and general relativity. We have discussed how gravity bends space time and slows down time. We have also explored one of the most interesting and astonishing results of relativity: black holes. If you have not read the previous parts, I suggest you read them before reading this one.
In this article we will apply General Relativity to the biggest possible problem that can be thought of: the whole universe. We will understand the current theory of how the universe originated and how it evolved after that. We will also see how the universe will evolve into the future. We will also learn about dark energy and dark matter. But before we move further, think about the magnitude of what modern physics allows us to do: we, tiny creatures living on a small planet revolving around a small star in one corner of a medium sized galaxy( which contains over 100 billion stars) have developed the ability to ask and try to answer questions about the whole universe which contains billions of galaxies like our own!