Albert Einstein and the century of physics

"The goal of every intellectual activity is to transform a miracle into something which one can understand." (Albert Einstein)

The exhibition "Albert Einstein - Engineer of the Universe" promises to be one of the highlights of the Einstein Commemorative Year 2005 which will take place at the Kronprinzenpalais Unter den Linden in Berlin from 16 May to 30 September 2005. The exhibition will give the public the opportunity to become more familiar with Einstein as a private person and one of the most important scientists of the 20th century, an amazing individual of modern times who sparked a scientific revolution.

Beginning with Einstein's pioneering theories dating back to 1905, the exhibition illustrates the changing views of the world throughout history and the conditions of scientific development. At the same time, Albert Einstein's twisting journey through life is depicted against the political and social revolutions of his time. Visitors to the exhibition will also learn how Einstein's theories have influenced contemporary science, technology and culture. This interrelationship between science and cultural history will enable visitors to view Einstein's life in a way which goes beyond the traditional portrayals of this genius of science. The exhibition, therefore, is divided into three parts: "World Views and Understanding", "Einstein - His Journey Through Life" and "Einstein's World Today".

The main purpose of the exhibition is to help promote a public, innovation-oriented culture of science, and it does this by selectively employing modern, interactive computer technology. The exhibition features a multimedia programme which provides visitors a variety of ways to interactively learn about the exhibits. Visitors can also access more detailed information if desired. In addition, as part of the web portal "Living Einstein", a virtual "Exhibition Without Walls" is in development which will enable Internet users around the world to access the objects, documents, experiments, simulations and commentaries featured in the exhibition for its duration.

In addition to a lecture series featuring numerous leading experts, the exhibition also offers a comprehensive programme for students, teachers and families for its entire duration. With exciting tours, workshops, and educational material, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science hopes to encourage young people in particular to discover the historic and cultural background of the natural sciences.


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