Celebrating Einstein

Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in 1921, by Ferdinand Schmutzer. Credit: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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About This Episode

On this episode of StarTalk Radio we’re celebrating the life, legacy, and genius of Albert Einstein. Neil deGrasse Tyson is joined by comic co-host Chuck Nice and fellow astrophysicist Janna Levin to reflect upon Einstein’s greatest achievements. You’ll hear about Einstein’s early days as a patent clerk and how his early papers changed the course of modern physics. Learn about the process behind his discoveries of special and general relativity, and which one was harder to work out. Find out how Einstein’s work influenced the discovery of gravitational waves at LIGO. Our trio dives into the groundbreaking discovery of gravitational waves at LIGO, how the discovery was at an unexpected time, and what current discoveries are being made involving neutron stars. Discover more about black holes, electromagnetism, and gravity. You’ll also explore creativity: is it better to have a set of restraints or free rein? All that, plus, Neil, Chuck, and Janna give final reflections on the importance of Einstein’s life and achievements.

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In This Episode

  • Host

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Neil deGrasse Tyson
    Astrophysicist
  • Co-Host

    Chuck Nice

    Chuck Nice
    Comedian
  • Guest

    Janna Levin

    Janna Levin
    All-Stars Host, Astrophysicist, Author, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, Director of Sciences at Pioneer Works

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