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

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