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April 21, 2004 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
After 45 years of development and delays, NASA's Gravity Probe B satellite was launched into orbit Tuesday morning to test a key prediction of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. The 6,800-pound, $750-million spacecraft was placed in a 400-mile-high polar orbit by a Boeing Delta 2 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:57 a.m. The craft, about the size of a van, separated from the rocket 75 minutes later.
July 19, 2004 | Merle Rubin, Special to The Times
The two men whose work most radically influenced 20th century thought met only once, in 1927, when Albert Einstein, then 47, paid a call on 70-year-old Sigmund Freud. Remarked Freud: "He understands as much about psychology as I do about physics, so we had a very pleasant talk." Einstein, responding to a friend's suggestion that he undergo psychoanalysis, displayed a similar gift for humorous understatement: "I should like very much to remain in the darkness of not having been analyzed."
August 21, 1994 | ROBIN ABCARIAN, Robin Abcarian's column is published Wednesdays and Sundays
Marriage, I have always suspected, is harder than physics. And now there is proof. It comes in the form of Albert Einstein's love letters, written around the turn of the century to the fellow physics student who would become his wife. They are printed in the scientific journal "Physics Today" (which, believe me, has never been found in my bathroom) in a two-part story on Einstein's ultimately doomed first marriage.
April 10, 2008 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
Scientists and artists may seem worlds apart, but in his deceptively breezy 1993 hit, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," writer-actor-comic Steve Martin looked past their surface differences in search of more fundamental common ground. Rubicon Theatre Company's smart, spirited revival wraps passionate philosophical inquiry in the entertaining, accessible gauze of Martin's giddy comic salute to the artistic, intellectual and cultural accomplishments of the 20th century.
August 16, 2005 | Ariel Dorfman, ARIEL DORFMAN'S latest book is "Burning City" (Random House), a novel he wrote with his son, Joaquin. Website:
AS A CHILD, I was sure that Albert Einstein was the most famous violinist in the world. The confusion stemmed from a photo of the great man that adorned the New York Times in the late 1940s -- let's say 1948, to conveniently and coincidentally make me 6 years old, the very age when Einstein, in 1885, started his violin lessons. So ... that morning in 1948, my father opened the paper in our home in Queens and pointed to the man with the bushy mustache and wild hair and gentle laughing eyes.
January 29, 2007 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
THE year was 1915. War and privation had come to Germany. Meanwhile, in Berlin, a solitary man struggled with the equations for a new theory of gravity. "I have been laboring inhumanly," Albert Einstein, then 36, wrote to a friend in his native German. "I am quite overworked."
January 12, 1986 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
In 1931, Albert Einstein became the Institute for Advanced Study's first professor. He came to this small New Jersey town, home of Princeton University, to continue his work in theoretical physics at the institute and remained here until his death in 1955. It was Abraham Flexner, the institute's first director, who, during a visit to the Einstein's summer home near Berlin, persuaded the physicist to come to America. Einstein finally responded: "Ich bin Feuer und Flamme dafur!"
December 8, 1985 | John Wilkes, Wilkes directs the Science Communication Program at UC Santa Cruz. and
Albert Einstein regards us today from familiar posters, wobbling along on his bicycle or sticking out his tongue. The old man with the floating white hair, prophet's eyes and drooping mustache showed us that energy and matter are equivalent, that space curves and that nothing can go faster than the speed of light. His relativity theory has replaced Newton's law of gravity. Yet, this same man, as a popular greeting card reminds us, once wrote to a friend, "I shall not become a Ph.D.
Albert Einstein did not receive great press at first for his most famous work--probably the most well-known, if not widely understood, scientific postulate of the 20th century--the theory of relativity. Indeed, his 1921 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded not for his seminal work, but for his 1905 efforts on the photoelectric effect.
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