Albert Einstein vs Philipp Lenard: a clash of intellectual titans

I’ve been watching recordings of the 10-part National Geographic television series called “Genius” which is a fascinating presentation of the life of the brilliant scientist Albert Einstein. A theme of the series is just how human Einstein was in his problems with family, friends and colleagues.

Scientists may be incredibly intelligent but they can be subject to some very basic emotions. In the series, I’ve been particularly struck by the ferocious conflict between the two German Nobel Prize winners Philipp Lenard and Einstein. You can read a short piece on this controversy here.


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