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 than you'd think in the invention of the nuclear bomb.
More than ten years after its inception, the online archive of Albert Einstein's life and work relaunched this week with tons of new content — including more than 2000 high-resolution documents. Nerds, have at it!
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 Physics]
Contrary to popular belief, Einstein wasn't a bad student at all. Apparently, that's something that real bad students made up, because he got excellent grades. His certificate of qualification for university matriculation — what in Europe called A-levels — demonstrates this.
Remember those shifting pin-pictures — the ones with the ridged plastic that changed as they were tilted? This is the same basic idea, but way more awesome. Super genius turns to super model in the blink of an eye.
What, you didn't think academia would just let the finest mind in science rot do you? When Einstein died in 1955, his grey matter was preserved for posterity. Now, 46 sliver's of his thinking cap have been donated to Philadelphia's Mütter Museum, USA.