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.
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 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.
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
September 12, 2004 |
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.
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.