It took almost *exactly* 100 years. In 1905, über-geek hero Albert Einstein presented four papers of major significance to the world. One of those was about *Special* Relativity. It took Einstein ten more years to figure out the *General* theory of Relativity. He presented that work in November of 1915.

One of the predictions of General Relativity is that gravity warps space, creating gravity waves (which move at the speed of light). And while many other predictions of GR have been tested and confirmed (to very high precision), we’ve never quite managed to detect gravity waves.

Until September 14^{th} of 2015!