Albert Meets America: How Journalists Treated Genius During Einstein's 1921 Travels

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Jˇzsef Illy
JHU Press, 2006 - Science - 345 pages
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In 1919, newspaper headlines said that a British expedition had confirmed Einstein's general theory of relativity. The news stirred the public imagination on both sides of the Atlantic and thrust the scientist into the spotlight of fame.

Two years later, Chaim Weizmann led a fund-raising mission to the United States and invited Einstein to join it. The mission traveled to New York, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Hartford to campaign for public awareness and support of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This brought Einstein within the grasp of the American media. His lectures delivered in New York, Princeton, and Chicago, and comments on the Jewish presence in Palestine, made Einstein, on his first trip to America, one of the first media stars. In Albert Meets America, J├│zsef Illy presents a fascinating compilation of media stories of Einstein's tour -- which cover his science, his Zionism, and the anti-Semitism he encountered. As we travel with Einstein, from headline to headline, we experience his emotional connection with American Jews and his frustration at becoming world famous even though his theories were not truly understood.

This exciting collection gives readers an intimate glimpse into the life of one of the world's first modern celebrities and a unique understanding of the media's power over both its subject and its audience.

 

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Contents

Antecedents
1
Prof Einstein Here New York April 23
2
Citys Welcome April 5
44
Freedom of City Is Refused April 5
53
Freedom of the City Is Given April 8
59
Fervid Reception April 1012
73
Demonstrates with Chalk April 1518
92
Defines the Speed of Light April 1823
103
Speaks for Proposed Zionist University New York April 27May 1
140
Baffled in Chicago May 28
146
Princeton Hears Einstein Explain May 914
160
Sees Boston May 1718
209
Push Hebrew Medical Work New York May 1921
251
Professor Einstein and the Hat New York May 23
281
To Greet Einstein Philadelphia May 29
306
Copyright

Puzzles Harding Washington April 2526
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About the author (2006)

J├│zsef Illy is the visiting editor of the Einstein Papers and a visiting associate in history at the California Institute of Technology.

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