in conjunction with the California Institute of Technology
and Princeton University Press
are in the process of digitizing and releasing on the Internet
Albert Einstein's personal letters, academic correspondence, love letters, and scientific manuscripts.
A look back
at 1971's "Albert Brooks' Famous School for Comedians," a founding document for a generation of humorists. [more inside]
Less than a year after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the United States detonated the fourth and fifth nuclear weapons
under the name Operation Crossroads
in July 1946. Beyond testing the capabilities of nuclear bombs, the Navy said it wanted the Bikini tests treated like "the story of the year, maybe of the decade, and possibly of a lifetime."
Only two of the three bombs were detonated, and the project was shut down over the next months. To celebrate the efforts of Operation Crossroads, a cake in the shape of a mushroom cloud was featured
at a publicized event on November 5, 1946. In response to this display, Reverend Arthur Powell Davies, the minister of the Unitarian All Souls Church in Washington, D.C., gave a sermon on the "utterly loathsome picture"
and the message it sent to other nations. That sermon set off a flurry of replies and reactions
, that extended around the world, including a connection formed between Reverend Davies' All Souls Unitarian Church and school children in Hiroshima
. [more inside]
The most comprehensive presentation ever mounted on the life, theories, and the social and political involvement of Albert Einstein
will be at the Skirball Cultural center
r, Los Angeles, from September 14, organized by the American Museum of Natural History
, and revived
by Tom Teicholz. Incidentally, Discover
magazine dedicates the whole September issue to Einstein (subscription).
Genius goes online.
A new website of Albert Einstein's scientific and other never-published travel diaries, various humanitarian statements, and his frequent pleas for peace, will be unveiled on Monday (May 19). The new site is the result of a collaborative effort of the Einstein Papers Project at Caltech and the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The site, www.alberteinstein.info.
is scheduled to go live Monday, May 19, after 3 PM EDT. It's really a moment to look forward to.
In his 1947 letter
to the General Assembly of the United Nations Albert Einstein wrote of 'enhancing the moral authority of the UN' and portrayed the United Nations as a "transitional system toward the final goal, which is the establishment of a supranational authority". Is the United Nations the depository of the moral authority of the international community? Some say no
. Is there really such a thing as moral authority or is it one of those intangibles that, as a Supreme Court justice once said about obscenity, we cannot define, but we know it when we see it? Could a "one world government" work and would it really produce "moral authority" ? (More Inside)
Fun & Games
with Stevie Hawkings and Einstein.
THAT'S a speeding ticket...
Scientists push light up to 300 times the SPEED OF LIGHT.
I just got a floaty-glowy feeling. Some interesting interesting stuff is happening in our world.
My favorite quote from the article: "That is so fast that, under these peculiar circumstances, the main part of the pulse exits the far side of the chamber even before it enters at the near side. "
[Note: link is for NYT, free registration req'd]
has more great quotes from Albert Einstein than I've ever seen in one place.