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Picturing Einstein

Why the iconic images of Albert Einstein as an aging, eccentric genius distort our understanding not only of the scientist, but of science itself

By Peter Dizikes
March 20, 2005

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TIME, ALBERT EINSTEIN taught us, is not a fixed quantity. The faster you move, the more time slows down. Perhaps this concept has a cultural corollary pertaining to Einstein himself. Today we send pictures of Einstein whizzing around the world in seconds, yet his mass-media image remains a nearly timeless fixture. In photos and drawings, Einstein is almost always the ... (Full article: 1544 words)

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