Although Einstein’s general theory of relativity is considered one of the most elegant theories in the history of science, Einstein’s life at the time he developed it, during the summer of 1915, was far from orderly. He had recently separated from his wife, Mileva Maric, and moved to Berlin, where he was a professor at the Prussian Academy. Anti-semitism was on the rise in Germany, which alienated Einstein, who was Jewish, from many of his colleagues at the university.
Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein: His Life and Universe, describes the contrast between the turmoil in Einstein’s personal life and the beauty of the theory he was developing 100 years ago.
Fusion’s original Relatively Speaking series celebrates the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.