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In May 1919, British scientist Arthur Eddington embarked on an historic expedition to the island of Principe, off the west African coast, to observe a total solar eclipse.
Stars in the Hyades cluster were behind the Sun during the eclipse, and appeared to shift from their true positions. This discovery provided the first experimental confirmation for Albert Einsteins theory of general relativity.
Astronomer Richard Massey, from the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, will be travelling to Principe with colleagues to mark the 90th anniversary of Eddingtons expedition and is writing a diary for BBC News.


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2-hour documentary takes a look at Einstein
Here's a bit of hopeful news for the disappointed parents of any academic underachievers or young slackers out there:
Albert Einstein, probably the best-known genius in history, was considered a goof-off when he was a student at the Polytechnic Academy in Zurich at the turn of the 20th century. There was no denying that young Albert was intelligent, but he chafed at the regimented style of his classes, and he barely managed to graduate.

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Einstein telescope found in Hebrew University's basement
Dr. Eshel Ofir of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem struck an unusual find in one of the university basements recently he found Albert Einstein's telescope.
The significant instrument was left in the university's Givat Ram Planetarium building, which has not been used in over a decade. The university logged the telescope in its records, but no one has bothered to look for it in decades.

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One of the highlights of Bloomsbury Auctions 25th Anniversary sale on 15th May 2008 is an unrecorded letter from Albert Einstein, in which the theoretical physicist wrote of his religious beliefs (lot 303).
Handwritten in pen in 1954 to the philosopher Eric Gutkind, in this extraordinary letter Einstein writes, The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.

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Einsteins letter was expected to fetch between £6000-8000, but eventually sold for £170,000.

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Tom Payne reviews Einstein: his Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

Even in his own lifetime, Einstein was becoming a myth. He was always having to correct things that appeared in biographies or newspapers. One extreme example is the way people tried to invent a "eureka" moment for his general theory of relativity. In the absence of any story to compare with Newton's apple, people put it about that Einstein had a conversation with a man who had fallen from a building on to a pile of rubbish, who said that he had no sensation of falling.
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Forthcoming Royal Society LIVE web broadcast on Wednesday 23 November at 18.30 GMT

Clash of the titans: Einstein vs Newton

To commemorate the expedition led by Sir Arthur Eddington FRS to West Africa and South America in 1919 which proved Einstein's theory of relativity and helped to launch Einstein on a world stage (prior to the expedition's findings Einstein hadn't been a publicly recognisable figure), the Royal Society is holding a discussion to consider both the scientific legacies and cultural iconographies of Einstein and Newton.

The Society is holding a discussion to consider both the scientific legacies and cultural iconographies of Einstein and Newton.

Arguing for Einstein will be the presenters of the recent Channel 4/National Geographic documentary, The Search for Einstein's Brain, Jim Al-Khalili, of the University of Surrey and Mark Lythgoe of University College London. The Newton pairing comprises John Enderby, President of the Institute of Physics, and historian of science and Newton biographer, Patricia Fara of Cambridge University.
In a change to the earlier published programme, chairing the discussion will be author, academic and television presenter, Marcus Du Sautoy.

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A Lecture given by Albert Einstein 84 years ago is set to be re-enacted today in the university where it was first held.
The German physicist's 1921 presentation is taking place at the University of Manchester's Whitworth Hall. This time, the lecture will be in English with Einstein, who had arrived in Britain by boat to Liverpool, being played by actor Michael Roberts.
The lecture, Einstein's first in Britain, will focus on the Theory of General Relativity.
Professor Robin Marshall, a physicist and Einstein enthusiast, has studied film footage, photographs and newspaper articles to piece together how Einstein would have looked and sounded.
He has also unearthed extracts of the lecture which Einstein delivered in his native tongue to an audience of more than 500. The original blackboard which Einstein used and signed will be used as a prop.

"It is hard for people to imagine how historic an occasion this was, but in 1921 Einstein was not only one of the world's most renowned scientists but a celebrity in his own right." - Professor Robin Marshall.

It is 100 years since Einstein's "miraculous year" in which he published three revolutionary papers and 2005 is Einstein Year, launched in the UK and Ireland to inspire budding physicists.



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