Einstein's greatest mistake

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Monday 3 October

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

This event has already taken place

  • Albert Einstein turned the physics world on its head with his theories of special and general relativity.

    Credit: F Schmutzer via Wikimedia

Price

Standard £14

,

Concession £10

,

Discounts for Members

Event description

Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos with his general theory of relativity and helped to lead us into the atomic age. Yet in the final decades of his life he was also ignored by most working scientists, his ideas opposed by even his closest friends. Join bestselling author of E=mc², David Bodanis, as he discusses Einstein's Greatest Mistake, a brisk, accessible biography of Albert Einstein that reveals the genius and hubris of the titan of modern science.

About the speaker

David Bodanis was born in Chicago, lived in France for a decade, and makes his home in London. He studied mathematics, physics and history at the University of Chicago, and for many years taught the "Intellectual Tool-Kit" course at Oxford University. He is fascinated by story-telling and the power of ideas.

Filming

This event will be filmed and on the Ri Channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.

Become a member

Benefit from free and better than half-price tickets, special offers and access to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES ticket ballot.

Join todayGo