Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Lecture: Revolutionary Scientists: The Legacy of Albert Einstein

This event was held on March 8, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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In 1905, trained in physics and mathematics, Albert Einstein took an office job because he could not find a teaching position. That year, he published three papers detailing revolutionary theories related to space and time, quantum mechanics, and the existence of atoms. The ideas would rock the foundations of science. Join Dr. Zurbuchen as he, through a fascinating audio-visual presentation, carries us back to 1905, when Einstein changed the scientific world forever.

Prof. Zurbuchen has a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Bern, Switzerland. He is now Professor at the U-M, focusing on broad areas such as Space Science and Exploration, enabling Astrophysics from Space. He is a recent winner of the US Presidential Early Career Award. The 2006 Read encourages individuals to explore Revolutions in Science -- the people, theories, explanations and discoveries that challenged our thinking and changed the world -- by promoting civic dialogue through the shared experience of one book. A selection committee of community representatives, students and educators in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area chose Jonathan Weiner's The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time as the focus of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2006. Copies of the book are available at all Ann Arbor District Library sites and at area bookstores. For more information on Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads events, visit the website

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