The pitfalls of genius

ByTERRANCE MINTNER
May 18, 2017 14:34

A new TV series peels back the layers of Albert Einstein’s groundbreaking theories, and turbulent life and times.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein. (photo credit:ACME / AFP)

EVERYONE KNOWS that Albert Einstein transformed science. But what I didn’t expect when I first encountered his work a few years ago was the power of his ideas to transform one’s worldview. What’s utterly mind boggling, for example, is what he says about time.

Time is a convenient measure of nearly everything we do. We depend on it to organize our day and mark important events on the calendar. Because it has enveloped our lives to such a degree, time feels absolute. This very instant – right now – must be the same on Mars or anywhere else in the universe. Or is it? Enter Herr Einstein.

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