The word genius is often used to describe Albert Einstein, but what exactly earned the German-born theoretical physicist that descriptor? We have his ideas to thank for many facets of the modern world, but it turns out not everyone thought he was that brilliant.
“Everybody knows who Einstein is and people understand that he was a very famous scientist,” says NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller. “But I think that people often don’t grasp the true depth and the profound nature of the things that Einstein introduced to us.”
In this video, Thaller, futurist and business advisor David Bodanis, fellow theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, and others explain why Einstein’s best-known contributions (the special theory of relativity and E=mc2) are so important. They also discuss his academic journey, the resistance and criticism he faced from his peers and the public, and his lasting influence on science.