Albert Einstein (Альберт Ейнштейн)


Albert Einstein has become the subject of a number of novels, films and plays, including Nicolas Roeg's film Insignificance, Fred Schepisi's film I.Q., Alan Lightman's novel Einstein's Dreams, and Steve Martin's comedic play "Picasso at the Lapin Agile". He was the subject of Philip Glass's groundbreaking 1976 opera Einstein on the Beach. Since 1978, Einstein's humorous side has been the subject of a live stage presentation Albert Einstein: The Practical Bohemian, a one man show performed by actor Ed Metzger.

He is often used as a model for depictions of eccentric scientists in works of fiction; his own character and distinctive hairstyle suggest eccentricity, or even lunacy and are widely copied or exaggerated. TIME magazine writer Frederic Golden referred to Einstein as "a cartoonist's dream come true."

On Einstein's 72nd birthday in 1951, the UPI photographer Arthur Sasse was trying to coax him into smiling for the camera. Having done this for the photographer many times that day, Einstein stuck out his tongue instead [19]. The image has become an icon in pop culture for its contrast of the genius scientist displaying a moment of levity. Yahoo Serious, an Australian film maker, used the photo as an inspiration for the intentionally anachronistic movie Young Einstein.


Einstein bequeathed his estate, as well as the use of his image (see personality rights), to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.[20] Einstein actively supported the university during his life and this support continues with the royalties received from licensing activities. The Roger Richman Agency licences the commercial use of the name "Albert Einstein" and associated imagery and likenesses of Einstein, as agent for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As head licensee the agency can control commercial usage of Einstein's name which does not comply with certain standards (e.g., when Einstein's name is used as a trademark, the ™ symbol must be used [21]). As of May, 2005, the Roger Richman Agency was acquired by Corbis.


Einstein on the cover of TIME as Person of the Century.


Einstein on the cover of TIME as Person of the Century.

Einstein has received a number of posthumous honors. For example:

  • In 1992, he was ranked #10 on Michael H. Hart's list of the most influential figures in history.
  • In 1999, he was named Person of the Century by TIME magazine.
  • The year 2005 was designated as the "World Year of Physics" by UNESCO for its coinciding with the centennial of the "Annus Mirabilis" papers, celebrated at the Einstein Symposium.

Among Einstein's many namesakes are:

  • a unit used in photochemistry, the einstein.
  • the chemical element 99, einsteinium.
  • the asteroid 2001 Einstein.
  • the Albert Einstein Peace Prize.
  • the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University[22]was named after Einstein upon his death in 1955.
  • the Albert Einstein Medical Center[23]in Philadelphia, PA.



  • Edmund Blair Bolles (April 2004). Einstein Defiant: Genius versus Genius in the Quantum Revolution, National Academy Press. ISBN 0309089980.
  • Ronald W. Clark (1971). Einstein: The Life and Times, Avon. ISBN 0-380-44123-3.
  • Abraham Pais (1982). Subtle is the Lord. The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein, Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-520438-7. This is the definitive scientific biography.
  • Abraham Pais (1994). Einstein Lived Here, Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198539940. This book discusses non-science aspects of Einstein; marriages, affairs, illegitimate daughter, public image.
  • John Stachel (1998-03-30). Einstein's Miraculous Year: Five Papers That Changed the Face of Physics, Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691059381.
  • Peter D. Smith (2003). Einstein (Life & Times Series), Haus Publishing. ISBN 1904341152.
  • Alberto A Martínez (April 2004). Arguing about Einstein's wife. Physics World. URL accessed on 2005-11-23.
  • Sandra Ionno Butcher (March 2005) The Origins of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto.
  • Clifford A. Pickover (2005-09-09). Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves: Sushi, Psychedelics, Parallel Universes, and the Quest for Transcendence, Smart Publications. ISBN 1890572179. — Discusses the final disposition of Einstein's brain, hair, and eyes as well as the importance of Einstein and his work in the shaping of science and culture.

The Albert Einstein Memorial, Washington DC at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC

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