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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.
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 | 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!"
Caltech. The very name conjures headlines of seismology and Richter scales, of outer space and underwater exploration, of Einstein, Oppenheimer, Pauling and other marquee names in physics and chemistry. As one of the world's premier research schools of science and engineering, the 103-year-old California Institute of Technology is a mouse that roars--only 900 undergraduates and 1,100 graduate students with dreams that reach not just for stars but whole galaxies.
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.
April 22, 2007 | George Johnson, George Johnson is the author of "Strange Beauty: Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics." His latest book, "The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments," will be published in 2008.
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.
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