June 05, 2015

As we look at the lasting influence of Albert Einstein, there’s one legacy that isn’t felt in our iPhone’s GPS or in the way we view intelligence.

No, this one is felt in a galaxy far, far away.

When special effects artist Stuart Freeborn was looking for a way to convey a certain backwards-talking alien’s wisdom and sadness, he found inspiration on his office wall - in a picture of the wizened face of Albert Einstein.

Yes, Yoda's likeness was in part based on the world-renowned physicist. And - while this may be colored by the fact that I spent my childhood (and adulthood) voraciously consuming everything related to Star Wars - I happen to think it’s one of Einstein's most important legacies.

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