Boise, Idaho - January 20, 2020 - "Why is Einstein so famous?" (#3/12) - Albert Einstein is so famous that even after more than a hundred years since his astounding contributions were published, you can STILL say, "Way to go, Einstein!" in a snotty, mocking tone when some poor sap makes an innocent mistake. Max Planck, Ernest Rutherford, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg and others are Mount Rushmore worthy theoretical physicists deserving of equal notoriety but you won't find their mugs (or wagging tongues) on t-shirts at Ross or T.J. Maxx. So, what separates Einstein from this illustrious group? In 1919, a total solar eclipse proved his general theory of relativity to be correct: massive objects cause a distortion in the space-time continuum which is felt as gravity. When the stars positioned behind the sun could be seen as Einstein predicted, he became world famous overnight and is still the only scientist to receive a ticker tape parade in New York City (1921). So, to my hero Albert, I say (without a trace of mockery or disrespect), "Way to go, Einstein!"
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