EINSTEIN, TIME'S MAN OF THE CENTURY,
was "unfathomably profound--the genius among geniuses" whose instincts embodied "the very best of this century as well as our highest hopes for the next." Here are some of our best articles about Einstein:
After showing that everything in the universe is relative as compared to something else and that the speed of light (186,000 miles a second) is the only standard that never varies, Dr. Einstein introduces time as the fourth dimension.
From Einstein Made Easy
Mar. 10, 1923
He works in the attic of five-story apartment house at Haberlandstrasse, 5, a quiet thoroughfare near Berlin's zoological garden.... A fortnight ago, when his "Coherent Field Theory" was finally printed (in a six-page pamphlet), he wrote a 5,000-word explanatory article for the New York Times. That article brought him several thousand dollars. The money was useful, for the Einsteins are, like most scientific families, comparatively poor.
From Einstein's Field Theory
Feb. 18, 1929
Most of the time the tousle-headed man laughed also. But occasionally his eyes looked frightened, his left hand opened and shut nervously. Then the quiet woman would lean toward him, pat his hand. She, Frau Elsa Einstein Einstein, knew that the world must continue making its legend about this small man, her double cousin to whom she has been married for 14 years.
From "He Is Worth It"
Dec. 22, 1930
The Albert Einstein of today is no longer the timid bewildered man who visited the U. S. in 1930. He has acquired considerable poise in public, is not so afraid of the world as he used to be, entertains frequently.
From Exile in Princeton
Apr. 4, 1938
Albert Einstein did not work directly on the atom bomb....But Einstein was the father of the bomb in two important ways: 1) it was his initiative which started U.S. bomb research; 2) it was his equation (E = mc2) which made the atomic bomb theoretically possible.
Jul. 1, 1946
Last week Professor Einstein trudged no more in the grounds of his beloved institute. A lingering gall-bladder infection sent him to the hospital. Blood began to escape from his aorta, the main artery. Shortly after midnight he muttered a few sentences in German. The night nurse could not understand, and the last words of the modern world's greatest scientist were lost. At 1:15 a.m. Albert Einstein, 76, died in his sleep.
From Death of a Genius
May. 2, 1955
Centennial fever rises over the man whose ideas reshaped the universe. He was a modern Merlin, conjuring up astonishing new notions of space and time, changing forever man's perception of his universe —and of himself.
From The Year of Dr. Einstein
Feb. 19, 1979
The illegitimate child in Einstein's past did not come to light until more than 30 years after his death, when the first volume of his collected papers finally appeared, in 1987. Still, a mystery remains. What happened to Lieserl?
From Einstein's Lost Child
By Frederic Golden
Oct. 4, 1999
He was the embodiment of pure intellect, the bumbling professor with the German accent, a comic cliche in a thousand films. Instantly recognizable, like Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp, Albert Einstein's shaggy-haired visage was as familiar to ordinary people as to the matrons who fluttered about him in salons from Berlin to Hollywood.
From Person Of The Century:
By Frederic Golden
Dec. 31, 1999
The last remaining trove of Albert Einstein's personal family letters is being opened to the public this week.... His letters, including some made public this week, show how his personal and scientific struggles intertwined in 1915, culminating in his great triumph that fall.
From The Intimate Life of A. Einstein
By Walter Isaacson
Jul. 17, 2006
It may seem logical, in retrospect, that a combination of awe and rebellion made Einstein exceptional as a scientist. But what is less well known is that those two traits also combined to shape his spiritual journey and determine the nature of his faith.
From Einstein & Faith
By Walter Isaacson
Apr. 05, 2007