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Science would always come first. Especially Gravitation. Horizon: Einstein Fame, BBC 1996
When ninety-three leading academics including his friend Max Planck issued a manifesto in defence of German aggression, Einstein helped launch a counter-petition urging peace: it got three signatures. ibid.
The Eclipse results were announced in November. Literally overnight Einstein became world famous. The first scientist-celebrity of the twentieth century. This was the birth of Einstein the Icon. The embodiment of scientific wisdom. A friendly incomprehensible sage. ibid.
Einstein never warmed to quantum mechanics despite a lifetime of arguments with [Niels] Bohr. ibid.
This is the extraordinary story of how Albert Einstein spent the last years of his life battling to destroy the consequences of his own work. It was a quest that would end in his failure and isolation. Horizon: Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony, BBC 2005
He could not accept that the consequences of his own work clashed with his belief of how God had built our universe. ibid.
Einstein believed that the rules of the universe could always be explained by elegant mathematics. In effect he thought that science could lead to an understanding of God’s design of the universe. ibid.
He said that light could also be thought of as individual particles. His discovery that light was not only a wave but also tiny individual particles revolutionised the whole of Physics. And it would give birth to Einstein’s demon. ibid.
Einstein’s version of the Theory of Everything would remain his unfinished symphony. ibid.
In 1939 on the eve of the Second World War Albert Einstein wrote a letter to the American president Franklin Roosevelt. The letter was about an application of Einstein’s famous equation: E=MC². And his fear that the Nazis could use it to build an atomic bomb. Horizon: Einstein’s Equation of Life and Death, BBC 2005
Albert Einstein would later describe … the one mistake of his life. This is the story of his famous equation. ibid.
[Leo] Szilard was fearful it was only a matter of time before someone would find a way of harnessing the power of E=MC² and make a bomb ... What made Leo Szilard’s idea so brilliant was that here for the first time was a way of getting energy out of the atom without having to pump in vast amounts of power. All you had to do was set off one tiny neutron to trigger an unstoppable chain reaction. Leo Szilard had potentially found a way to unleash the power of E=MC² on Earth. But it was a discovery that terrified him. ibid.
In the wilderness of New Mexico the US government set up a top secret project codenamed Manhattan. From Einstein’s letter grew the biggest and most remarkable collaboration between science and the military the world has ever seen. ibid.
On a bright morning in August 1945 the first atomic bomb was dropped. It fell through the air for forty-three seconds, and then a single neutron started Szilard’s chain reaction. The energy released as the first atom of Uranium split was only enough to make a grain of sand jump. And then the chain reaction became unstoppable ... Just 0.6 of a gram of mass converted into energy laid waste the city. ibid.
Einstein felt he had to bear some responsibility for the development of the atomic bomb. ibid.
Experimental evidence has proved that Einstein was right. The Final Frontier: A Horizon Guide to the Universe, BBC 2012
Most of what Einstein said and did has no direct impact on what anybody reads in the Bible. Special relativity, his work in quantum mechanics, nobody even knows or cares. Where Einstein really affects the Bible is the fact that general relativity is the organizing principle for the Big Bang. Neil deGrasse Tyson
The new theory – called General Relativity – was published in 1915 by Albert Einstein after ten years of work. And it stands to this day as one of the great achievements in the history of Physics. Brian Cox, Wonders of the Universe 3/4: Falling, BBC 2011
Einstein was always full of beautiful simple illustrations of such principles ... What would the world look like if I rode on a beam of light? Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 7/13: The Majestic Clockwork, BBC 1973
Light is the carrier of information that binds us. ibid.
The crux of all his papers: this unfolding of the heart of knowledge almost petal by petal. ibid.
E=MC2: that comes from a profound insight into the processes of Nature herself, but particularly into the relations between Men, Knowledge, Nature. Physics is not events but observations; relativity is the understanding of the world not as events but relations. ibid.
You’re saying he’s a genius; I’m saying he’s a mouthy bastard who should have got a haircut. Al Murray: The Pub Landlord: My Gaff, My Rules, London’s Playhouse Theatre
The link between energy and mass was eventually explained by Albert Einstein’s famous equation: Energy equals Mass times the Speed of Light squared. Michael Mosley, The Story of Science: Power, Proof & Passion, BBC 2010
Science had uncovered secrets that lay at the very heart of the universe. The theory encapsulated in E=MC2 would eventually lead to the release of nuclear energy and the atomic bomb. ibid.
Perhaps the most famous scientist of all. Dr Allan Chapman, Great Scientists: Albert Einstein, BBC 2004
A new surreal physics was about to emerge. ibid.
Einstein wrote up his ideas in his spare time and in 1905 published three papers. ibid.
Could there be something peculiar happening with Time? ibid.
Einstein showed that mass is energy and energy is mass. ibid.
Hitler hates Einstein; he hates him because he is Jewish. ibid.
Born in Germany in 1879 Albert Einstein may be the most famous scientist that ever lived ... He thought of a revolution in Space and Time. Without Einstein we might still be struggling to understand how the universe really works. In 1905 Einstein published his Theory of Special Relativity exploring the link between Space and Time ... He thought of this new Space-Time as a fabric weaving together Space and Time. In 1915 Einstein developed his Theory of General Relativity, which modifies Special Relativity to include Gravity, and its effects on this fabric of Space-Time. Beyond the Big Bang, History 2007
I think if you were asked who was the greatest scientist of the twentieth century most of you would say Einstein. And I think it’s partly because there’s a natural fascination with Space and Time and the mysteries thereof. Professor Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, Cambridge University
In Einstein’s view there isn’t really a separate thing as Space and then there’s Time. But there’s just one thing – Space/Time, that we all live in. Geoffrey Landis, NASA Glenn Research Centre
In his later years the rest of the Physics community looked upon Einstein as somebody who had completely lost touch with modern research. Like an old fuddy-duddy, a relic. Professor Michel Janssen, University of Minnesota
What would I see if I rode on a beam of light? Nova: Einstein’s Big Idea I, Einstein, PBS 2013
Would you like me to check your mathematics? ibid. wife to Einstein
Bern, Switzerland 1905: a hundred years ago a deceptively simple formula revealed a hidden unity buried deep in the fabric of the universe. ibid.
What Einstein would call the Great Revolution. ibid.
The 1920s and ’30s were the golden age of nuclear research. The largest known nucleus at the time was that of the uranium atom: 238 protons and neutrons. Nova: Einstein’s Big Idea II
I was particularly won over by his sweet disposition, by his general kindness, by his simplicity, and by his friendliness. Occasionally, gaiety would gain the upper hand and he would strike a more personal note and even disclose some detail of his day-to-day life. Then again, reverting to his characteristic mood of reflection and meditation, he would launch into a profound and original discussion of a variety of scientific and other problems. I shall always remember the enchantment of all those meetings, from which I carried away an indelible impression of Einstein's great human qualities. Louis de Broglie, New Perspectives in Physics p182