How can we measure the genius of Albert Einstein?
In many ways, the task is not possible. If we journey back through the centuries, passing such towering figures as James Clerk Maxwell, Ludwig Boltzmann, Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur, Antoine Lavoisier, we must travel all the way to Isaac Newton before finding another human being of comparable scientific achievement. And before Newton, there might be none.
This article was originally published with the title Einstein and Newton: Genius Compared.