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Issue Date: June 2008


Einstein

Thru Sept. 2 | Great Lakes Science Center

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Everyone has heard of Einstein’s most famous formula, E=MC2, but fewer know the revolutionary thinker’s popular theory was based on earlier work conducted by Western Reserve University’s Edward W. Morley and Case Institute of Technology’s Albert A. Michelson.

This and other lesser-known information about Einstein’s theories of light, time, energy and gravity are uncovered in Einstein, a touring exhibit that promises to boost summer-vacation brainpower. See Einstein’s manuscripts and high school report cards and check out exhibits such as an interactive blackboard that explains the individual components of the formula for energy when touched. The hope is this hands-on approach will make hard-to-grasp concepts easier to understand and more accessible to the average person.

And if the mere thought of theories about time-travel and black holes make your brain hurt, step over to the portion of the exhibit that focuses on Einstein’s personal life.

“Even if you’re not at all interested in science, he’s still a fascinating human being,” says Einstein curator Mike Shara of the American Museum of Natural History.

Personal letters included in the exhibit reveal Einstein was socially progressive, speaking out against injustices such as anti-Semitism and segregation.

And if you want even more Einstein, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and Cuyahoga County Public Library both have lectures and additional events centering on the iconic scientist’s life that go hand in hand with the Science Center exhibit.

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