Einstein Explains His Famous Formula, E=mc², in Original Audio (Plus More Cultural Curiosities)

Last week we played for you the only known recording of Sigmund Freud’s voice (1938). Now it’s time to revive the voice of another intellectual giant, Albert Einstein. In this recording, the physicist offers the briefest explanation of the world’s most famous equation, E=mc2. When was this recorded? We’re unfortunately not sure. Let’s just say somewhere between 1932 (a date Einstein mentions in the clip) and his death in 1955. Somewhere in those 20+ years, give or take a few. Don’t miss the recently-opened Einstein archive and many free Physics courses in our collection of Free Online Courses from top universities.

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  1. Robert says . . . | May 18, 2012 / 4:16 pm

    Sometime after 1932 since he mentions that date in the recording.

  2. Liam says . . . | May 18, 2012 / 4:27 pm

    Given that Einstein refers to the 1932 experimental verification of E=mc2, this at least narrows the time to sometime between 1933 and 1955!

  3. Dan Colman says . . . | May 19, 2012 / 12:37 am

    Good observation! I updated the text to reflect it.
    Thanks for catching that,
    Dan

  4. Avi Solomon says . . . | May 19, 2012 / 7:26 am

    More Einstein audio where this was ripped from (E=mc2 is from 1947):
    http://being.publicradio.org/programs/einstein/einstein-archivalaudio/player.htm

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