kottke.org posts about Albert Einstein

Einstein's deskApr 20 2010

Here's a photograph of Albert Einstein's Princeton desk taken only a few hours after he died in 1955.

Einsteins Desk

It's from a slideshow of photos taken at the time of Einstein's death but never published before last week. (via clusterflock)

Einstein's 1905 chronologyFeb 09 2010

In 1905, Einstein came up with the concept of special relativity, published his paper on the photoelectric effect, finished his doctoral dissertation, devised the E=mc^2 concept, published a paper on Brownian motion, was approved for his doctorate, and turned 26.

So......what have you guys been up to?

For sale: Albert Einstein's watchSep 19 2008

Among the watches being auctioned at a sale in October is a watch once owned by Albert Einstein.

For the Einstein fan, we have a Longines that was owned by the scientist himself. It is a unique and historically important wristwatch, made in 1930.The watch was presented to Professor Albert Einstein on February 16, 1931 in Los Angeles. It is a fine, tonneau-shaped, 14K yellow gold wristwatch accompanied by various photos showing Prof. Einstein wearing the watch. Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

You'd think that the price for timepiece once owned by the man who changed our conceptions about time and space would be substantial, but it's one of the lower priced featured watches. And the price is not even close to the world record:

In 2002, Antiquorum established the all-time world record price for a wristwatch at auction when it sold a platinum Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 1415 from 1939 for an astounding CHF 6,603,500 (US$ 4,026,524). This record-breaking price more than doubled the previous world record price for a wristwatch at auction. Another record price for a modern watch was achieved in 2004, the unique white gold Calibre 89, also by Patek Philippe, was sold for SFr. 6,603,500 (US$ 5,002,652).

(thx, sam)

Cute little pixelated Albert Einstein video from eBoy.Jan 17 2007

Cute little pixelated Albert Einstein video from eBoy.

A moving mass has been shown toMar 24 2006

A moving mass has been shown to generate a gravitomagnetic field (just like a moving electrical charge creates a magnetic field) and "the measured field is a surprising one hundred million trillion times larger than Einstein's General Relativity predicts". (via rw)

How Einstein & Darwin wrote letters, peopleOct 27 2005

How Einstein & Darwin wrote letters, people write email, and birds forage for food may reveal general patterns in how animals decide among competing tasks.

Brian Greene on Einstein's most famous equation,Oct 05 2005

Brian Greene on Einstein's most famous equation, E =mc^2. When he finally gets around to it in the middle of the article, Greene's got a pretty good layman's explanation of what the formula actually means.

PBS has put up a companion webAug 18 2005

PBS has put up a companion web site to the Nova program on Einstein airing in October. Features include audio clips of several physicists describing e=mc^2 to non-physicists.

The importance of narrative in scienceJul 19 2005

The importance of narrative in science. "Science and stories are not only compatible, they're inseparable, as shown by Einstein's classic 1905 paper on the photoelectric effect".

A near perfect Einstein Ring foundMay 02 2005

A near perfect Einstein Ring found. Close galaxies can act as a lens for farther galaxies, focusing the distant light with an "Einstein Ring".

Brian Greene on Albert Einstein's miracle year,Apr 08 2005

Brian Greene on Albert Einstein's miracle year, his discovery of the photoelectric effect, and his uneasiness with quantum mechanics.

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