Today is Einstein’s birthday. If he were still alive he’d be 131. Those of you who have been reading here for a long time know that Einstein was (and is) one of my “culture heroes.” When I was a kid I sent him birthday cards (yes, I’m that old) and when he died made a scrap book filled with news clippings. One of the great loves of my younger life gave me an Einstein bust as a present and it still sits on my desk, more than 40 years later (she reads the blog from across the ocean, so I hope she sees this! Mrs. R. knows and likes her so this isn’t a guilty secret). I also have first editions of his second and third published works and a fairly large library of books by and about him. Unlike quantum mechanics, relativity theory is essentially the achievement of a single person, Albert Einstein. Both are beautiful theories and quantum theory may be the most successful theory in the history of science. But relativity is no slouch, either, having been confirmed again as recently as this week. Not bad.
Given all this, it seems fitting to commemorate the occasion on the blog. Enjoy:
Happy birthday, Albert, hero of my youth. Still a hero.