Scientists Watched Clocks for 14 Years to Prove Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

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NIST physicists Steve Jefferts (front) and Tom Heavner work on the NIST-F2 cesium fountain atomic clock. NIST / Wikipedia Creative Commons

In 1999, some of the brightest minds in physics decided they wanted to test Albert Einstein’s famous Theory of Relativity. But they opted to test it in one of the most seemingly boring and tedious ways possible. Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado took 12 of the world’s most accurate clocks


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