May 13, 2013 |
These days, it's not just finding an exoplanet. It's how you find that Earth-like body. Scientists using sophisticated telescopes and arrays can detect a planet revolving around a distant star by looking at radial velocity of the star (a faint wobble) or a “transit” of that planet across the star (a faint dimming). But no one has ever found one via “induced relativistic beaming of light” from the host star. Why would that be a big deal? It happens to be a method that relies on Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.
July 19, 2004 |
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 |
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 11, 2002 |
POSSESSING GENIUS The Bizarre Odyssey of Einstein's Brain By Carolyn Abraham St. Martin's Press 288 pages, $24.95 When Albert Einstein died on April 18, 1955, his body was cremated, but not before parts of him were removed for questionable safekeeping. His eyeballs ended up with an ophthalmologist friend, who stored them in a safety deposit box at a New Jersey bank.
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.