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Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity

Tuesday 5 April 2016

1 Hour


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Journalist and writer Andrew Robinson talks about the life and work of Einstein and argues that his universal appeal is only partially explained by his brilliant physics.

Robinson worked in association with the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on his new biography of the scientist who gave us the theory of relativity. He explains how Einstein’s greatest discoveries have continued to influence scientific developments, including lasers, the theory of the big bang and theories of everything. And he looks at Einstein’s life outside science, including encounters with the famous, such as Chaplin and Roosevelt, his love of music and his campaigns against nuclear weapons, anti-Semitism, McCarthyism, and social injustice.

Robinson writes for several newspapers and is a former literary editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement. He is author of a dozen books including The Story of Measurement, Genius: A Very Short Introduction, and biographies of Jean-François Champollion, Michael Ventris and Thomas Young.

This event is part of the festival’s leadership programme sponsored by HSBC.