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Einstein's Universe

Einstein's Universe

Get to know the human side of Albert Einstein, the first “pop-star” scientist of our time, through his candid quotes and compelling images of his life and times.

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on theories and life

Albert Einstein works at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University in 1947. (ALFRED EISENSTAEDT/TIME & LIFE PICTURES/GETTY IMAGES)You could say Albert Einstein was our first pop-star scientist. Early in the 20th century, his two theories of relativity, which proved our perception of the world was far from reality, kicked off his catapult to fame. When a photograph of the 1919 solar eclipse proved that light could bend, as Einstein predicted, that fame only grew. Few in the general public understood his scientific ideas, but they knew they were witnessing brilliance at work.“Einstein’s Universe” brings to life Einstein’s thoughts — not only on science and his times, but also on creativity, children, religion and music. Dozens of quotes from his writings and speeches, paired with images, capture his early…

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politics & war

“One must divide one’s time between politics and equations. But our equations are much more important to me, because politics is for the present, while our ‘equations are for eternity.”“In Hitler we have a man with limited intellectual abilities, unfit for any useful work, bursting with envy and bitterness against all of those whom circumstance and nature had favored over him.… He picked up human flotsam on the street and in the taverns and organized them around himself. That’s how he became a politician.”From an unpublished manuscript, 1935Adolf Hitler salutes a huge crowd of Hitler Youth in Nuremberg in the 1930s. (CORBIS/GETTY IMAGES)A crowd gathers around Adolf Hitler in Munich after his election as chancellor of Germany in 1933. (BETTMANN/CORBIS/GETTY IMAGES)Hitler visits Paris with architect Albert Speer (left) and sculptor…

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“I was sitting in the patent office in Bern when all of a sudden a thought occurred to me: If a person falls freely, he won’t feel his own weight. I was startled. This simple thought made a deep impression on me. It impelled me toward a theory of gravitation.”From a lecture in Kyoto, Japan, Dec. 14, 1922Hash marks show the position of stars that appear deflected from their true position as measured by astrophysicist Sir Arthur Eddington during the 1919 solar eclipse. The measurements confirmed Einstein’s theoretical work. (ECLIPSE: CREATIVE COMMONS)The telescopes Eddington used to make the above photograph in Sobral, Brazil. (SCIENCE AND SOCIETY PICTURE LIBRARY/GETTY IMAGES)“[Planck] was one of the finest people I have ever known… but he really did not understand physics, [because] during the eclipse…

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“It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail.”“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle. It was the experience of mystery… that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their…

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“I am also looking forward to working on our new studies. You must continue with your research — how proud I will be to have a little Ph.D. for a sweetheart while I remain a totally ordinary person!”To Mileva Maric, Sept. 13, 1900“How was I ever able to live alone, my little everything? Without you I have no self-confidence, no passion for work, and no enjoyment in life — in short, without you, my life is a void.”To Mileva, Aug. 14, 1900Mileva, with sons Eduard (left) and Hans Albert, around 1914. (THE GRANGER COLLECTION)“I don’t want to lose the children, and I don’t want them to lose me.… After everything that has happened, a friendly relationship with you is out of the question. We shall have a considerate and businesslike…

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The Albert Einstein memorial on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.a rendering of a Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite, whose operation hinges on Einstein’s theories (LOCKHEED MARTIN;)sailors spell out Einstein’s famous equation on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise’s 50th anniversary. (ALEX R. FORSTER/US NAVY)“When I was young, all I wanted and expected from life was to sit quietly in some corner doing my work without the public paying attention to me. And now see what has become of me.”Quoted in Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel, by Banesh HoffmanAlbert and Elsa Einstein say goodbye to a crowd in Pasadena, Calif., as they leave for a car trip to New York in 1931. (BETTMANN/CORBIS/GETTY IMAGES)“When a blind beetle crawls over the surface of a curved…