The Theft and Half-Century Journey of Einstein’s Brain

On April 17, 1955, the greatest scientist of his generation checked himself into Princeton Hospital due to chest pains. By early the next morning, Albert Einstein had died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm – the rupture of the aorta, the heart vessel that's the body's main supplier of blood. While word was still… » 1/30/15 6:42am 1/30/15 6:42am

Tons of Albert Einstein Documents Are Now Online for Free

On Friday Digital Einstein went live, bringing with it a treasure trove of Einstein letters, correspondences, postcards, and notes detailing the life of one of the world's greatest thinkers. As The New York Times reports, these are The Dead Sea Scrolls of physics and you can read them today for free. » 12/07/14 1:00pm 12/07/14 1:00pm

A Forgotten Einstein Model of the Universe Describes the Big Crunch

Way back in 1931, Albert Einstein visited the U.S. for three months. Inspired by meetings with Edwin Hubble, he began thinking about the Universe differently, writing a paper in four days to get down his thoughts—and now, those first scribblings have been translated into English for the first time. » 8/14/14 5:30am 8/14/14 5:30am

If Einstein Had Never Been Born, Would We Still Have Nuclear Weapons?

Albert Einstein and his equation E=mc² are famously connected to the modern atomic age. But as nuclear historian Alex Wellerstein writes in this counterfactual account of history, the great physicist mattered less than you'd think in the invention of the nuclear bomb. » 6/28/14 9:00am 6/28/14 9:00am

The voice of Albert Einstein

Have you ever heard Albert Einstein talking? In the fall of 1941, Albert Einstein gave this extraordinary reading of his essay "The Common Language of Science" to the British Association for the Advancement of Science. It's truly fascinating. » 11/14/13 2:24pm 11/14/13 2:24pm

Documents From Albert Einstein's Travels Through (Part) Time

Even geniuses have to put in some time punching the clock. Look no further than Albert Einstein himself, master of not only space-time but also—during a brief stint as a 9-to5er—of time cards. » 7/10/13 4:08pm 7/10/13 4:08pm

Five of Physics's Greatest Sex Scandals

Physicists need love, too. Just ask Paul Frampton, the physics professor who was sentenced recently after an alleged scam involving drugs and a bikini model. » 11/28/12 9:00am 11/28/12 9:00am

Scientists Make Light Travel Infinitely Fast

A team of scientists is claiming to have achieved the seemingly impossible: it's managed to create a nanoscale device which allows light to travel infinitely fast. But how the hell did they do it, and what does it mean? » 11/07/12 9:06am 11/07/12 9:06am

Do You Know the Rest of Einstein's Most Famous Equation?

He's synonymous with genius, but Albert Einstein is also best known for what is easily the world's most famous equation, E=mc². But did you know that it's actually a shortened version of a longer equation? » 10/29/12 8:53am 10/29/12 8:53am

NMHMC Harvey: Check Out Einstein's Crazy Brain

We all know Albert Einstein was a genius, but what was it inside his brain that made him so smart? We might never know, but this new app will let you poke around his many lobes. » 9/25/12 6:00pm 9/25/12 6:00pm

Inside the Office of Albert Einstein

Today is the anniversary of Albert Einstein's death in 1955. His passing was a huge loss, not just to physics but the entire academy—and, in the hours following his demise, photographer Ralph Morse managed to capture Einstein's Princeton office, just as he'd left it. » 4/18/12 9:20am 4/18/12 9:20am

The One-Minute Explanation of Einstein's Most Famous Equation: E=mc2

Most of us don't know much about Einstein. Minutephysics has spent the past month trying to beat a little context into our pea-sized dummy brains beyond, like, E=mc2. But it's about time we got to learning the big one. » 3/29/12 9:38pm 3/29/12 9:38pm

Explore Einstein's Brain Through His Notes and Letters

More than ten years after its inception, the online archive of Albert Einstein's life and work relaunched this week with tons of new content—including more than 2000 high-resolution documents. Nerds, have at it! » 3/20/12 9:00pm 3/20/12 9:00pm

How Einstein (Sort of) Fixed All of Physics with the Special Theory of…

The Special Theory of Relativity. It's the most famous thing the most famous physicist ever did, but what makes it so special? Turns out, it helped prove that we could, uhh, move. Seriously. Here's the latest in MinutePhysics' crusade to educate the stupid, stupid world about Einstein. [MinutePhysics] » 3/19/12 10:00am 3/19/12 10:00am

How Einstein Proved the Size and Existence of Atoms

Did you know that Einstein was born on Pi Day? The man's awesomeness is immeasurable. Anyway, it's Albert's birthday, and Minute Physics is continuing its mission to educate we the idiots of the world about what Einstein actually did. Here, he's calculating the size of atoms just by observing water and air. [Minute… » 3/14/12 11:00am 3/14/12 11:00am

What Einstein Actually Said About Light Particles

When someone says Einstein, you think "E=mc2," Relativity, and funny haircuts. But most of us don't have a clue about the specific scientific contributions he made. That ain't right. So here's Minute Physics breaking down one of the scientific breakthroughs that turned the German patent clerk into a Nobel Prize… » 3/13/12 11:20am 3/13/12 11:20am

Why You Never Hear About World-Altering Inventions Created by Committee

Modern corporate culture is in L-O-V-E, love with meetings (and any opportunity to engage in groupthink). But if you look back, history's real intellectual heavyweights weren't "team players." Intellectual giants like DaVinci, Einstein, and even Steve Wozniak, all developed their best works in near solitude. Quiet, by… » 3/01/12 11:00am 3/01/12 11:00am

Einstein Actually Had Excellent Grades

Contrary to popular belief, Einstein wasn't a bad student at all. Apparently, that's something that real bad students made up, because he got excellent grades. His certificate of qualification for university matriculation—what in Europe is called A-levels—demonstrates this. » 2/10/12 12:27pm 2/10/12 12:27pm

Watch This Stunning 3D-Printed Shadow Portrait Transform from Einstein…

Remember those shifting pictures you'd get in Cracker Jack boxes—the ones with the ridged plastic that changed as they were tilted? This is the same basic idea, but way more awesome. Super genius turns to super model in the blink of an eye. » 12/22/11 10:40pm 12/22/11 10:40pm

Most of Einstein's Brain Is Now Concentrated in New Jersey and…

What, you didn't think academia would just let the finest mind in science rot do you? When Einstein died in 1955, his grey matter was preserved for posterity. Now, 46 slivers of his thinking cap have been donated to Philadelphia's Mütter Museum. » 11/19/11 3:20am 11/19/11 3:20am