Albert Einstein's colossal mistake

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  • We celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity this November
  • Don Lincoln: Einstein's biggest mistake sheds light on end of the universe as we understand dark energy

Dr. Don Lincoln is a senior physicist at Fermilab who does research using the Large Hadron Collider. He has written numerous books and produces a series of science education videos. He is the author of, most recently, "The Large Hadron Collider: The Extraordinary Story of the Higgs Boson and Other Things that Will Blow Your Mind." Follow him on Facebook. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN)El Malahim. Ragnarok. Armageddon. Those are terms we use to describe the end of the world.

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity this November, we can appreciate the fact that this brilliant scientist came up with ideas that have fundamentally changed our understanding of the universe.
General relativity, in short, tells us that gravity is not quite the force Is