It goes without saying that as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formulation of The General Theory of relativity by Albert Einstein in November 1915, we are likely to be treated to a whole range of programs, pieces and pontifications on the Theory, the man and his achievement.
One of the first out of the blocks is ‘What made Einstein a genius?’ a program hosted by 92Y as part of its “7 days of Genius Festival”. The program runs for nearly an hour and a half and features contributions from physicist Brian Greene, author Thomas Levenson and neurologist Frederick E. Lepore.
The main question posed is whether Einstein’s genius was a product of his time, his brain, or a mixture of both. Rather predictably it provides no clear answer, plumping for the latter, which is, of course, a rather obvious way out of answering the question. However, on the way it provides some enjoyable explanations of his life and contributions and the fundamental effect of his theories on our world and the way in which we live. Some of the information from Lepore about the different architecture of Einstein’s brain was particularly enjoyable, and for me, quite new.
I recommend you watch the program. It is easy to follow and a good introduction to many aspects of Einstein, his work and legacy.