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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.
June 16, 2005 | By Robert Lee Hotz, Times Staff Writer
HAMILTON, Canada — The invitation curled from her fax machine, a courtly question scrawled above the signature of a man whose name she did not recognize. "Would you be willing to collaborate with me on studying the brain of Albert Einstein?" It was signed Thomas Harvey. Sandra Witelson did not hesitate. She wrote "yes" on the piece of paper and faxed it back. "It never occurred to me that it might be a joke," she recalled. "I knew that Albert Einstein's brain had been preserved and that it was somewhere where someone was looking after it. " For 40 years, Harvey, a retired pathologist from Princeton, N.J., had been the quixotic custodian of the 20th century's most famous brain.
September 12, 2004 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
He was perhaps the greatest thinker of the 20th century, but like many L.A. newcomers, he relaxed in the California sun, hobnobbed with Hollywood celebrities and watched the Rose Parade. He even helped children with their homework. Seldom has a scientist won such public acclaim as Albert Einstein when he wintered in Pasadena in 1931, 1932 and 1933. An amateur violinist, he played one on one with the conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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.
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 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
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.
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