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Albert Einstein and “The New York Times”

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In 1904, Albert Einstein, then an obscure young man of 25, could be seen daily in the late afternoon wheeling a baby carriage on the streets of Bern, Switzerland, halting now and then, unmindful of the traffic around him, to scribble down some mathematical symbols in a notebook that shared the carriage with his infant son, also named Albert.

Out of those symbols came the most explosive ideas in the age-old strivings of man to fathom the mystery of the universe. Out of them, also, came the atomic bomb, which, viewed from the long-range perspective of mankind’s intellectual and spiritual history may turn out, Mr. Einstein fervently hoped, to have been just a minor by-product.

With those symbols Mr. Einstein was building his theory of relativity. In that baby carriage with his infant son was Mr. Einstein’s universe-in-the-making, a vast, finite-infinite four-dimensional universe, in which the conventional universe – existing in absolute three-dimensional space and in absolute three-dimensional time of past, present and future – vanished into a mere subjective shadow.

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ARCHIVES

The Scale of Einstein, From Faith to Formulas

The Scale of Einstein, From Faith to Formulas

By JANET MASLIN

In his confidently authoritative new book, Walter Isaacson deals clearly and comfortably with the scope of Einstein’s life.

April 9, 2007 BOOKSREVIEW

Now on the Web, a Peek Into Einstein’s Thoughts

By DENNIS OVERBYE

When Albert Einstein died in 1955 in Princeton, N.J., he left behind several thousand documents, including letters, scientific manuscripts, speeches and political writings. For the last four decades historians and physicists have been combing the world for more and laboriously publishing these papers under the auspices of the Princeton University Press and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which owns the copyright to Einstein’s works.

May 20, 2003 TECHNOLOGYNEWS

First Citizen of the Space-Time World

By DENNIS OVERBYE

For the young Albert Einstein, a 26-year-old patent clerk in Bern, Switzerland, 1905 was a very good year. After years of turmoil and tension he was living a middle-class life with his wife, Mileva, and a year-old son, Hans Albert. He was completing his Ph.D., and he published a spate of scientific papers that changed history. Among them was the theory of relativity, which gave the world E=mc2, clocks that speed up and slow down and too many bad jokes using the word »relative.»

November 15, 2002 TECHNOLOGYNEWS

Albert Einstein, Universe Maker

MICHAEL HOLROYD

For George Bernard Shaw, Einstein was the great destroyer of the notion of scientific infallibility. Shaw believed the theory of relativity to be a powerful antidote to the backward-looking fundamentalist doctrines of the 20th century. The most dangerous of these doctrines after World War I was Hitler’s Aryan philosophy.

March 14, 1991 OPINIONOP-ED

Einstein’s Papers, and Brain; The Physicist’s Legacy Remains Veiled to Millions

By NICHOLAS WADE

When Albert Einstein lay dying in Princeton Hospital, the nurse assigned to him spoke no German and the great physicist’s last words passed uncomprehended. Strangely, for a person of such interest and eminence, the rest of his legacy has long remained almost equally inaccessible.

July 27, 1987 HEALTHEDITORIAL

Einstein Letters Tell of Anguished Love Affair

By WALTER SULLIVAN

The story of an anguished love affair between Albert Einstein and the woman who would later become his first wife has emerged in newly disclosed correspondence between them.

 

Thousands of Einstein Documents Are Now a Click Away

By DENNIS OVERBYE

A mammoth effort is underway to digitally publish Albert Einstein’s letters, papers, postcards and diaries that have been scattered in archives, attics and shoeboxes.

December 5, 2014, Friday

Is Quantum Entanglement Real?

By DAVID KAISER

Einstein thought not. But experiments suggest so.

November 16, 2014, Sunday

20th-Century Figure

By DEB AMLEN

David Woolf challenges the laws of physics.

October 1, 2014, Wednesday

1913: Arguing With Einstein

By MARK BULIK

Albert Einstein’s first appearance in The New York Times came, as might be expected, in connection with his theory of relativity.

September 18, 2014, Thursday

1907: Television, Imagined

By MARK BULIK

This feature looks at the first time famous names or terms appeared in The Times.

June 19, 2014, Thursday

Paul Rudd to Play Einstein at World Science Festival

By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER

Mr. Rudd is to participate in a reading of “Dear Albert,” a play by Alan Alda that will open the five-day festival in New York City.

May 18, 2014, Sunday

Playing the Cards

By BROOKS HAXTON

Our son’s life at the poker table baffles us, but we know something about high-stakes bets.

April 27, 2014, Sunday

A New Home for Rare Books at Center for Jewish History

By ROBIN POGREBIN

The new David Berg Rare Book Room at the Center for Jewish History is to open Sunday.

October 1, 2013, Tuesday

In Belgium, a Museum About the People Who Left It

By TANYA MOHN

The Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, is focused on the people who sailed from the port city, including Albert Einstein and Golda Meir.

September 27, 2013, Friday

A Black Hole Mystery Wrapped in a Firewall Paradox

By DENNIS OVERBYE

A paradox around matter leaking from black holes puts into question various scientific axioms: Either information can be lost; Einstein’s principle of equivalence is wrong; or quantum field theory needs fixing.

August 13, 2013, Tuesday

ALBERT EINSTEIN NAVIGATOR

A list of resources from around the Web about Albert Einstein as selected by researchers and editors of The New York Times.

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