November-December, 2004



Einstein’s work, besides special and general relativity, helped to launch quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics, altering forever the way we view the natural world. Even if his legend begun in 1921 as he received Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics and especially for his discovery the law of the photoelectric effect”, most of his ideas were already developed and published during a single miraculous year: 1905. According Gary Stix (The Patent Clerk’s Legacy in Beyond Einstein, Scientific American -special issue- Vol. 291, No 3, 28-33, 2004) no other comparably fertile period for individual scientific accomplishment can be found except during 1665 and 1666, the original annus mirabilis, when Isaac Newton started to lay the basis for the calculus, his law of gravitation and his theory of colours.

As a tribute to Einstein’s centennial, the international physics community has set aside 2005 as the World Year of Physics.


Brain Mind & Life devoted weekly lectures and debates on November and December 2004 in preparation to 2005 centennial. Special sections will be dedicated to studies on Einstein’s brain, other sections will cover his theories and, last but not least, his life.


Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany, a city which motto was famous: “the people of Ulm are mathematicians”…


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BM&L-November 2004