How I See The World Albert Einstein (PBS)


A nice documentary to see Albert Einstein in a geopolitical context.

This documentary drives forward the notion of the uncomfortable role Albert Einstein has inherited through the publication of his theories and the politic developments of his time. There is also another interesting documentar called „Einstein’s Big Idea“ revolving around the formula E=mc2 and using a historic perspective picturing Einstein as a person to stand on the shoulders of many that came before him. Hence applauding him for the ingenuity to integrate thoughts and findings of his time and not putting him on a unreachable mental pedestal while having him grasps those ideas out of an unexplainable thin air of genius. No doubt that Einstein literally changed the world but he couldn’t have done so without the ideas of many other thinkers and scientists that came before him and who’s ideas are now sometimes falsely attributed to Einstein himself.

Update: The documentary was taken down. I found another source on youtube and relinked it from there.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛʁt ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory. The son of a salesman who later operated an electrochemical factory, Einstein was born in the German Empire, but moved to Switzerland in 1895, forsaking his German citizenship the following year. Specializing in physics and mathematics, he received his academic teaching diploma from the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zürich in 1900. The following year, he acquired Swiss citizenship, which he kept for his entire life. After initially struggling to find work, from 1902 to 1909 he was employed as a patent examiner...
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