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Einstein on the run

Andrew Robinson tells the story of Albert Einstein in rural England.

Albert Einstein

Event description

In autumn 1933, Albert Einstein found himself living alone in an isolated holiday hut in rural England. There, he toiled peacefully at mathematics while occasionally stepping out for walks or to play his violin. But how had Einstein come to abandon his Berlin home and go ‘"on the run"? 

Andrew Robinson tells the story of the world’s greatest scientist and Britain for the first time, showing why Britain was the perfect refuge for Einstein from rumored assassination by Nazi agents. 

About the speakers

Andrew Robinson has written more than twenty-five books, including 'Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity', 'The Last Man Who Knew Everything', 'Genius: A Very Short Introduction’ and ‘Einstein on the Run: How Britain Saved the World’s Greatest Scientist'. He also contributes regularly to newspapers and magazines.

Andrew previously spoke at the Ri for 'Cracking ancient codes: understanding early writing' which can be found on the Ri YouTube channel.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of Andrew's book, 'Einstein on the Run: How Britain Saved the World’s Greatest Scientist', will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. 


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop.