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Sure. Albert Einstein was brilliant. His theories changed our understanding of nature, time, light and gravity. But in his day his ideas had to overcome 200 years of status quo in physics. Scientists disagreed with him. The public was confused by him. And Scientific American was there to record it all, from Einstein’s first big paper in 1905 to his death in 1955.

This special collection of articles—written by famous physicists such as Max Plank and Niels Bohr, pundits of the era, along with Einstein himself—chronicles the rise of the man and his theories, and how they changed the world. And one revealing article, the winner of a Scientific American contest that offered a huge cash prize, provides a simple, clear explanation of relativity that is handy even today. 

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