April 10, 2008 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
April 22, 2007 |
IN late 19th century Munich, the multivolume "Popular Books on Natural Science" was required bookcase furniture in middle-class German homes, and its ebullient author, Aaron Bernstein, was the Carl Sagan of his day. "Praised be this science!" he cried. "Praised be the men who do it! And praised be the human mind, which sees more sharply than does the human eye." It seemed the perfect gift for a 10-year-old boy who (contrary to later legend) was doing quite well in school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1999 |
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.
September 14, 2004 |
Apparently, it took a genius to make this collaboration happen. "Einstein," an exhibition opening today at the Skirball Cultural Center, sees four of the region's leading cultural powers -- the Skirball, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the University of Southern California and the California Institute of Technology -- in a rare collaboration on the life and work of Albert Einstein.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1992 |
In his day he was as famous as Elvis. In fact, he's still as famous as Elvis. In a culture that makes heroes of rock stars, hockey players, almost anything but scientists, Albert Einstein is unique in that he is universally recognized and widely admired by people who couldn't tell you what E equals mc squared means if it would save them from drowning.
April 17, 2005 |
It's 3:30 in the morning at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Southern Arizona, where the world's largest collection of optical research telescopes eyeballs the cosmos above the star-bright Sonoran desert. For the past hour I've been standing in blindfold darkness at the foot of the Mayall 4-meter telescope, a silver-lidded giant moaning as it slews from one celestial target to another.