Einstein’s War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I
October 5,7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Presented in partnership with the National WWI Museum and Memorial.
Albert Einstein is known for his genius in mathematics and science. What is lesser known is how World War I almost stopped Einstein’s name from being forever immortalized as one of the great scientists of history. Author Matthew Stanley explores how No Man’s Land not only separated the Allies and the Central Powers, but also the scientific community. Einstein’s partners came from many of the allied nations, particularly the United Kingdom. Nationalism and bigotry kept German speaking scientists from the English-speaking world in the years during and after the war, and both had to be overcome to prove the genius of Albert Einstein. Join historian and author Matthew Stanley, professor of the history of science at New York University, in a riveting exploration of both the beauty of scientific creativity and the enduring horrors of human nature.
Matthew Stanley is a professor of the history of science at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He holds degrees in history, astronomy, physics, and religion. He has published two academic books and has written for Physics Today, Physics World, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He explains physics to non-scientists in his podcast What the If? and has appeared in documentaries on the History Channel, BBC, and NPR. His best-selling book, Einstein’s War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I, tell the story of how pacifism and friendship led to a scientific revolution.
Accessing the Program
This free, online program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended.
Further reading at the Linda Hall Library
- Stanley, Matthew. Einstein’s War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I. New York: Dutton, 2019.
- Kennefick, Daniel. No Shadow of a Doubt: The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2019.
- Kaku, Michio. Einstein’s Cosmos: How Albert Einstein’s Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time. New York: W. W. Norton, 2004.