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Science Colloquium to Focus on Einstein in Berlin

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry(518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 26, 2003)- Thomas Levenson, author of Einstein in Berlin (2003), will speak at the University at Albany University Libraries' fall Science Colloquia Series on Thursday, October 9, 2-4 p.m., in the Standish Room of the Science Library, on the University's uptown campus.

This event is free and open to the public. A catered reception and book signing will follow. Contact Science Librarian Gregg Sapp for more information: or (518) 437-3955.

Albert Einstein witnessed the rise of Nazism from a truly unique perspective. Einstein was the reigning international superstar of science, the pride of the University of Berlin. As the Nazis consolidated power and attacked Einstein's liberal ideas-what they termed "Jewish physics"-Einstein became increasingly threatened.

Levenson will discuss the many dimensions of Einstein's story and the world in which that story unfolded. In addition to Einstein in Berlin, Levenson has written two other popular science books, Measure for Measure: A Musical History of Science, and Ice Time: Climate, Science, and Life on Earth. He is also an Emmy- and Peabody-Award-winning documentary filmmaker, whose credits include a two hour biography of Einstein for the PBS series, "Nova."

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