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Magdalena Kersting

I am an educational researcher, mathematical physicist and science communicator. Currently, I work as a PhD researcher in the physics education group at the University of Oslo and with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery at the University of Western Australia. I have developed an online learning environment about Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity and study learning processes in Einsteinian physics.



What's On

man ponders the universe
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How does a rubber sheet challenge our knowledge of gravity?

 

A popular analogy compares the geometry of curved spacetime to a rubber sheet. Yet, our research shows that this representation can get in the way of a more abstract understanding of Einstein’s theory. Read my latest article on Medium.

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I recently moved to the other end of the world in the name of science.

 

Join me on my academic adventures on my travel blog hosted by Titan, the science magazine of the University of Oslo. Expect regular updates on my research projects and, of course, cool and geeky facts about Einsteinian physics as well. 🌏

 



Upcoming Events

Skyline of Perth, Australia
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23rd Australian Institute of Physics Congress

 December 9th-13th, 2018

Perth, Western Australia

Bad Honnef in Germany
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WE-Heraeus Seminar: General Relativity as a Challenge for Physics Education

 February 10th-15th, 2019

Physikzentrum, Bad Honnef, Germany



Educational Context

Screenshot of an online learning environment in general relativity. One can see two students and an accelerating spaceship.
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Project ReleQuant

 

ReleQuant develops digital learning resources in modern physics for upper secondary schools in Norway. The project was established to investigate novel ways of teaching modern physics and to study students’ learning processes.

Picture of a bright spiral galaxy in front of the dark universe.
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General Relativity

Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity is an important pillar of modern physics and our current description of gravity. Einstein realized that there is a deep connection between gravity, space, and time.

A group of researchers and teachers poses for a picture. In the foreground is a blue rubber sheet model, in the background is a red Marsian landscape.
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EPER Collaboration

 

The Einsteinian Physics Education Research (EPER) collaboration wants to teach students our most contemporary scientific understanding of the universe, while finding new ways of conducting physics education research on a global scale.