Friday, March 06, 2009

Einstein's Doctorate Up For Auction

You could own a piece of science history. The certificate awarded to Einstein by the University of Zurich for his doctorate is going on auction in June, and so will an honorary doctorate that was awarded to him later by the University of Geneva.

This news report made one major mistake, though.

He was in Bern in 1905 when he wrote the articles that formed the basis of his relativity theory of motion, which won him the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921.

Besides the fact that the original relativity theory was more of a treatment of electrodynamics, Einstein's Nobel Prize was awarded to him for his model of the photoelectric effect, not for relativity.

Someone obviously didn't do his/her homework.


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