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Einstein on a bike.

As Einstein’s groundbreaking theory of relativity turns 100, Innovation Hub takes a look at the preeminent genius of the 20th Century. We’ll explain why Einstein was a rebel, how his work continues to shape the world around us, and what his life tells us about the nature of intelligence. Read More...

According to Einstein's general theory of relativity, light can bend

1. It's Einstein's fault that you need your phone to know where the heck you are. At least, indirectly — GPS would never have been invented without the theory of relativity, explains Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe.  

2. The quintessential genius of the 20th century had trouble getting a job teaching high school. Before he reached fame and success, Albert Einstein faced a whole lot of failure, according to biographer Walter Isaacson. 

3. IQ tests have been used to support the case for eugenics, and to justify thousands of sterilizations. Clinical psychologist Elaine Castles tells the history of how we measure intelligence — and why it's not all it's cracked up to be.

A farmer uses a handheld GPS device.

Using a physical map to find your way around? That's so, like, ten years ago. Tech writer Hiawatha Bray examines the science and history that gave us GPS — and how we owe some of that to Einstein. Read More...

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