February 25, 2010

Einstein: In His Own Voice

As part of our productions of "Einstein's God" and "Einstein's Ethics" listen to this selected archival audio of Albert Einstein from his public speeches and interviews from 1930-1950.

» On Jewish Community (1930, in German)

Albert Einstein speaks at the Joint British Committee ORT-OZE dinner in London to a room of his contemporaries, including Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells, on the importance of moral traditions for the Jewish people.

» Speech at the Royal Albert Hall, London (Oct. 3, 1933)

Einstein lauds other great thinkers of the Western canon while speaking at a mass rally for the Refugee Assistance Fund for academics who were persecuted under the Nazis.

» I'm an American (Jun. 22, 1940)

At the time of this speech, the United States had not yet joined WWII, though Europe was engulfed. Einstein reflects on the responsibilities of science and democratic freedom in wartime.

» The Common Language of Science (Oct. 2, 1941)

"If language is to lead at all to understanding, there must be rules concerning the relations between the science on the one hand, and on the other hand there must be a stable correspondence between science and impressions." This reading was broadcast by the BBC.

» The Post-War World (Dec. 10, 1945)

Responding to the presentation of the 1945 Nobel Prize in Physics (awarded to Wolfgang Pauli), Einstein links the achievements of Alfred Nobel to the inventors of the atomic bomb deployed in Hiroshima that summer.

» On E=mc2 (1947)

This is an excerpt of Atomic Physics — an educational film series.

» On Gandhi (1950)

"We should strive to do things in his spirit, not to use violence..."

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is a theoretical physicist and Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has published many scientific papers and written many books, including Disturbing the Universe.

is a theoretical physicist and director of BEYOND: The Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University. He has written widely about Einstein's understanding of time, including How to Build a Time Machine.

is a theoretical physicist and John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland. He's written widely on string theory, and has advanced unified field theories of the type first envisioned by Einstein.

is Associate Professor of Science Writing at MIT. He's produced "Einstein Revealed" for NOVA and has authored several books on science and technology, including Einstein in Berlin.