The Story of Einstein’s Brain: A Japanese Professor Tracks Down the Organ in a Bizarre Documentary

≡ Category: Film, Physics |1 Comment

The 1994 documentary above, Einstein’s Brain, is a curious artifact about an even stranger relic, the brain of the great physicist, extracted from his body hours after he died in 1955. The brain was dissected, then embarked on a convoluted misadventure, in several pieces, across the North American continent.

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Albert Einstein Imposes on His First Wife a Cruel List of Marital Demands

≡ Category: Letters, Physics, Science |16 Comments

Albert Einstein passionately wooed his first wife Mileva Maric, against his family’s wishes, and the two had a turbulent but intellectually rich relationship that they recorded for posterity in their letters.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Asteroid Physics & “Non Newtonian Solids” with Inspiring 9-Year-Old Student

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Just this week, some new test results showed that American teens, compared to other students worldwide, “failed to reach the top 20 in math, science or reading,” according to The Guardian. Afterwards, Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, called the results a “picture of educational stagnation.

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Quantum Physics Made Relatively Simple: A Mini Course from Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Hans Bethe

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An émigré from Nazi Germany, Hans Bethe joined Cornell’s physics department back in 1935. There, he built a remarkable career for himself. A nuclear physicist, Bethe made key contributions to the Manhattan Project during World War II.

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The Case for Studying Physics in a Charming Animated Video

≡ Category: Animation, Physics |5 Comments

Xiangjun Shi, otherwise known as Shixie, studied animation at RISD and physics at Brown. Then, she harnessed her training in both disciplines to create an animation explaining the virtue of studying physics.

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Richard Feynman Gets Jazzed Explaining How Rubber Bands Work

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Back in 1983, the BBC aired Fun to Imagine, a television series hosted by Richard Feynman that used physics to explain how the everyday world works.

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Bohemian Gravity: String Theory Explored With an A Cappella Version of Bohemian Rhapsody

≡ Category: Music, Physics, Science |2 Comments

This past spring, Timothy Blais wrote his masters thesis at McGill University in Montreal. Titled “A new quantization condition for parity-violating three-dimensional gravity,” the thesis clocks in at 74 pages and gets into some serious physics.

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The Famous Feynman Lectures on Physics: The New Online Edition (in HTML5)

≡ Category: e-books, Physics |7 Comments

Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website have joined forces to create an online edition of Richard Feynman’s famous lectures on physics.

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An Animated History of Physics Introduces the Discoveries of Galileo, Newton, Maxwell & Einstein

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How can you present scientific ideas to an audience of all ages — scientists and non-scientists alike — so that these ideas will stick in people’s minds? Since 2012, BBC Two has been trying to answer this question with its series “Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club.

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Richard Feynman’s Letter to His Departed Wife: “You, Dead, Are So Much Better Than Anyone Else Alive” (1946)

≡ Category: Letters, Life, Physics |15 Comments

In June 1945, the 27-year-old physicist Richard Feynman lost his wife, Arline Feynman, to tuberculosis. Only 25 years old, she was Richard’s high-school sweetheart. And yet she was much more. As Lawrence Krauss writes in 2012 biography on Feynman:
Richard and Arline were soul mates.

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