Did Einstein Spend 7 Years as a Cobbler? (03:55)
As a boy, Einstein was slow to talk but fascinated with the world. He dropped out of high school and flunked a college entry exam; he had a bad attitude toward teachers. At 22, Einstein got a job as a patent clerk.
What was Einstein's Big Idea? (05:04)
In a vacuum, the speed of light is always 300,000 km per second. Einstein's theory of relativity proved that nothing is faster than the speed of light.
What Does E=Mc2 Actually Mean? (04:56)
Energy equals mass times the speed of light, times itself. Einstein realized that mass is a form of energy. Nuclear fission and fusion are ways of releasing energy. Scientists work toward creating controlled fusion.
How Did a Man Falling Off a Roof Change Our Universe? (04:41)
Einstein knew his theory of relativity was missing gravity. In 1916, he established his theory of general relativity. Gravity is equivalent to curvature- spacetime.
How Did Einstein Become a Celebrity Pin-up? (03:23)
At his 72nd birthday party, a photographer snapped a picture of Einstein sticking out his tongue. In 1919, Sir Arthur Eddington confirmed Einstein's theory of general relativity and Einstein became a celebrity.
What was it Like to Live with a Genius? (03:16)
Einstein wrote a scientific and sappy love letter to Mileva during her pregnancy. But, during their marriage they shared a passion for physics and not for each other.
Does God Play Dice? (03:56)
Einstein spent his last 30 years trying to perfect a unified field theory; he rejected the theory of quantum physics. Quantum mechanics is part of our daily lives.
What was Einstein's Biggest Blunder? (05:43)
Einstein' found that the universe should contract or expand; he added the cosmological constant to his theory to maintain the idea of a static universe. In 1998, scientists discovered that universe expansion was accelerating.
Who Wanted Einstein for President? (03:07)
By WWII, the Nazi's placed a bounty on Einstein. He traveled to the U.S. and encouraged President Roosevelt to develop a nuclear bomb; the FBI opened a file on him. In 1952, Israel asked him to be president.
What Happened to Einstein's Brain? (04:58)
In 1955, Thomas Harvey removed Einstein's brain and sectioned it into 240 pieces. Experts discovered that Einstein's parietal lobe was 15% wider than normal and his grey matter showed little aging.
Credits: Things You Need to Know…About Einstein: James May's Things You Need to Know (Series 2) (00:33)
Credits: Things You Need to Know…About Einstein: James May's Things You Need to Know (Series 2)
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