Einstein A to Z by Karen C. Fox and Aries Keck

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Einstein's home was window on the universe
An Einstein theory still tantalizes
Lights around the world relay Einstein's genius
Einstein's desk gets spruced up for return visit to Berlin
Einstein's time of space and relative peace
Einstein led an eccentric, contradictory private life
Benchmark of genius: Einstein theories alive
Another Einstein? Perhaps not for a very long time
Stamp show to feature Einstein commemoration
Germany reclaims Einstein as their hero

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Einstein's home was window on the universe
Saturday, April 23, 2005

It was exactly 100 years ago in this modest apartment in the city’s old town that Einstein churned out some of his most significant physics papers.

The unassuming building is just one of many along Bern’s Kramgasse and has an entrance that looks onto some of the city’s famous arcades.

Visitors have to climb two flights of steep, twisting stairs before reaching the small flat where Einstein made some of his groundbreaking discoveries.
Full story from swissinfo.org.

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An Einstein theory still tantalizes
Friday, April 22, 2005

As the world marks the 50th anniversary of Albert Einstein's death this week, a team of physicists is madly chasing the ghost of one of his last great unproven ideas: gravity waves.

In his 1916 theory of general relativity, Einstein predicted that collapsing stars, colliding black holes and other cosmic train wrecks would unleash ripples of gravitational radiation through space at light speed.

Nine decades later, scientists are still trying to find them. Even Einstein wondered whether the subatomic flutters he predicted could ever be detected. But after three years of fine tuning and trial runs, a $365 million instrument called LIGO may soon prove him wrong.
Full story from The Baltimore Sun.

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Lights around the world relay Einstein's genius
Friday, April 22, 2005

Organizers at Princeton University flipped the first light switch to kick off a worldwide relay of lights on Monday, the 50th anniversary of Albert Einstein's death.

The relay got under way at 8:45 p.m., when the nighttime sky was illuminated by the lights of the Princeton University Stadium as well as Fine Tower and the Graduate College's Cleveland Tower.

Then, an estimated 120,000 participants flipped light switches, dialed cellular phones and sent e-mails one right after another in a relay around the globe. The light traveled west with the night Monday and came full circle Tuesday evening when an e-mail arrived at 8:57 p.m. on the computer of Claire F. Gmachl, associate professor of electrical engineering at Princeton and one of the local organizers of the relay.
Full story from The Princeton Packet.

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Einstein's desk gets spruced up for return visit to Berlin
Friday, April 22, 2005

Considering the world-changing ideas that Albert Einstein hatched over the decades at the small wooden desk in his home, there's not a thing about it that's highfalutin.

Ink globs, nicks, gouges and dribbles of sealing wax mark the top of the desk _ really a table probably made by a 17th- or 18th-century craftsman in the German or Swiss countryside. A wooden rail around the bottom is worn in places where Einstein's feet rested as his brain conjured up the theories that radically altered our view of the universe.

But because of its famous owner, the humble work station from Einstein's study in Princeton, N.J., is getting the star treatment at a secret, high-security location in Philadelphia for a German exhibition on the centennial of Einstein's "miracle year."
Full story from Newsday.com.

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Einstein's time of space and relative peace
Monday, April 18, 2005

It was the place where the celebrated genius went to escape the madding crowds. And for three glorious summers the modest wooden summerhouse in the lakeside village of Caputh, near Potsdam, provided Albert Einstein and his family with the perfect retreat.

Now the bulldozers are putting the finishing touches to the garden before it and the house are opened to the public next month for the rest of this year.

Then the summerhouse becomes a centre for seminars and lectures, in accordance with Einstein's wishes. While it is open visitors will be able to see the simple study-bedroom where he wrote some of his most famous scientific papers, the roof terrace, with its sweeping views over the shimmering Lake Templin, and the enamel tub in which he bathed.

The opening is part of a year of celebrations in Germany marking the anniversaries of Einstein's theory of relativity, which he wrote in 1905, and his death in the US 50 years ago today.
Full story from Guardian Unlimited.

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Einstein led an eccentric, contradictory private life
Sunday, April 17, 2005

A half-century after announcing his theory of relativity, physicist Albert Einstein died in Princeton, New Jersey, the small university town that had been his home for the last 22 years of his life.

A ruptured artery in his stomach caused him to bleed to death at the age of 76 on April 18, 1955.

Shortly afterward, all bodily traces of the most famous scientist in history disappeared. A pathologist at Princeton's municipal hospital took his brain and hid it away for decades, while his stepdaughter, Margot, spread his ashes over a secret place in accordance with his wishes.

The two executors of his estate, his friend Otto Nathan and his secretary Helene Dukas, went through letters and documents in his house on Princeton's Mercer Street and in his laboratory at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS), destroying anything that posthumously could have soiled the image of the man German physicist Max Planck called "the new Copernicus."

What remained were Einstein's revolutionary findings, beginning with the theory of relativity, announced in 1905, and quantum theory, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921, followed by his correspondence as a Jew, a leftist, a pacifist and a radical thinker and his written exchanges with prominent colleagues and friends.
Full story from the Taipei Times.

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Benchmark of genius: Einstein theories alive
Sunday, April 17, 2005

He stopped traffic on Fifth Avenue like the Beatles or Marilyn Monroe. He could’ve been president of Israel or played violin at Carnegie Hall, but he was too busy thinking. His musings on God, love and the meaning of life grace our greeting cards and day-timers. Fifty years after his death, his shock of white hair and droopy mustache still symbolize genius.

Who else could it be except Albert Einstein?

Einstein remains the foremost scientist of the modern era. Looking back 2,400 years, only Newton, Galileo and Aristotle were his equals.

Around the world, universities and academies are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s “miracle year” when he published five scientific papers in 1905 that fundamentally changed our grasp of space, time, light and matter. Only he could top himself about a decade later with his theory of general relativity.
Full story from the Journal Gazette.

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Another Einstein? Perhaps not for a very long time
Saturday, April 16, 2005

Will there ever be another Einstein?

This is the undercurrent of conversation at Einstein memorial meetings throughout the year.

A new Einstein will emerge, scientists say. But it may take a long time. After all, more than 200 years separated Einstein from his nearest rival, Isaac Newton.

Many physicists say the next Einstein hasn't been born yet, or is a baby now. That's because the quest for a unified theory that would account for all the forces of nature has pushed current mathematics to its limits. New math must be created before the problem can be solved.

But researchers say there are many other factors working against another Einstein emerging anytime soon.

For one thing, physics is a much different field today. In Einstein's day, there were a few thousand physicists worldwide, and the theoreticians who could intellectually spar with Einstein probably would fit into a streetcar with seats to spare.
Full story from Newsday.com.

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Stamp show to feature Einstein commemoration
Friday, April 15, 2005

A special stamp cancel, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Albert Einstein's papers, will be available to attendees at the Berkshire Stamp Club's annual stamp show and bourse.

The cancel was designed by two club members and produced under the auspices of the Pittsfield Post Office.
Full story from The Berkshire Eagle.

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Germany reclaims Einstein as their hero
Thursday, April 14, 2005

Suffering from an acute lack of heroes after losing two world wars, Germany has reclaimed Albert Einstein as one of its greatest national figures even though the Jewish physicist fled the Nazis hating his native country.

A century after the German-born scientist formulated his famous theory of relativity in Switzerland, and 50 years after his death on April 18, 1955, Einstein is being reclaimed by the country he rejected.

Celebrations of the so-called "Einstein Year" of 2005 are taking place around the world, but nowhere are the tributes to the man with the droopy eyes and bushy grey hair so laden with historical baggage as in Germany.

The German government has gone all out to latch onto Einstein, who became one of the world's first pop icons after his theories about space, time and relativity revolutionised science in the early 20th century.
Full story from Reuters.

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Einstein A to Z * Karen C. Fox and Aries Keck
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