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National Geographic original anthology biography series Genius collected ten Primetime Emmy nominations this year.

#Genius season 2 will chronicle the life of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso.

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“Good morning, Abel.  To the Reichstag, please.  What are they doing?  Abel, drive.” — Walther Rathenau

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German physicist patent-clerk Albert Einstein would be honored with the Nobel Prize in his field for his efforts in 1921.

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1 nomination: 2017

“I have a proposition to make… it’s an unorthodox idea, but… crazier thoughts of mine have worked in the past… God would most likely disapprove of this idea but I would convince him.  Move in with me Betty.  You haven’t given me an answer.  My lecture can wait.  Betty, move in with me.  Whom I adore.  I’m quite rational, actually.  monogamy is not natural, it’s a construct of religious authority.  And a foolish faith in authority, my dear Betty, is the worst enemy of truth.  I love Mozart and Bach.  I love the Swiss Alps and the Baltic Sea.  Why can’t I love you and Elsa?  Forgive me, Betty.  Perhaps triangular geometry is not as simple as I’d like it to be.  I can’t.  Not now.  As you said, I’m late for my lecture.” — Albert Einstein

Quote1What is time?  A deceptively simple question, yet it is the key to understanding relativity… it is also the reason my hair is going grey.  When we describe motion, we do so as a function of time.  Ten meters per second, 100 miles per hour.   But a mathematical description of velocity is moot unless we can define time.  Is time universal?  In other words, is there an audible tick-tock throughout the galaxy?  A master clock, so to speak, forging ahead like Mozart’s metronome?  The answer, my friends, is no.  Time is not absolute.  In fact, for us believing physicists, the distinction between the past, present and future is but a stubborn illusion.  A lot to consider, I know, I know… but understanding time is essential to understanding relativity… now, I want you all to close your eyes.  Not to worry, I don’t bite.  But I am on the lookout for a new pet.  Go on.  Close your eyes.  To truly grasp the idea of time, we must take a step back and ask: what is light?  So, journey with me, to the sun.  Light travels from the sun to the earth from space, yes?  When I was your age, I wanted to know how can something… light… travel through nothing… space?  Let us isolate a light beam and travel alongside it.  But let us go faster.  Are you there with me?  Faster.  Faster!  What is time?Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“I wasn’t sleeping, sir, I was thinking.  Well… the secrets of the cosmos I suppose… c-squared equals a-squared plus b-squared subtract two-ab-cosine-c.  Area equals c-squared sine-a sine-b over two-sine-c.  Oh, no sir, I’ve already solved it.  On what offense?  That is not an objective reason.  The natural log of a constant multiplied by x equals the natural log of one-plus-v-squared,  And since v equals y-over-x, that gives us the final function: x-squared plus y-squared minus c-x-cubed equals zero.  And speaking truthfully, sir, your mere presence spoils my respect for the future of Prussian mathematics.” — Albert Einstein

Quote1How do people get pleasure by marching in step?  It makes me think they’ve been given their big brains only by mistake.  I’m not going to apologize for thinking… wait, no, father, please.  No, I can’t.  I agree!  But blind regurgitation and rote memorization is not an education.  Let me study on my own and I promise I’ll make you proud.  Look around you.  What do you see?  Yes, but what am I made of?  Matter.  And what keeps my feet on the ground?  Gravity.  Time, yes, that too!  And light.  And magnetism.  These invisible forces that nobody fully understands.  Where do they come from?  What are they made of?  And why do they act as they do?  I want to be the one who solves those mysteries.  But it is.  I’m going to be a physicist.  I don’t need saving, father.  What are you talking about?  Italy?  I don’t understand… why?  But what about your business here?  Why didn’t you tell me?  Let me come with you, please.  I’ll learn Italian.  I’ll learn faster than anyone has ever learned it before!  So you’re abandoning me?Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“I won’t forget to eat, mother.  I know.  How will I ever sleep without your incessant snoring?  Of course, Maja.” — Albert Einstein

Quote1No!  I am feeling sick.  I must go.  Take my temperature.  Then take it again.  I’m feeling feverish.  I may faint.  Then I muse have a rash somewhere.  I must leave Germany, Dr. Talmud.  My father doesn’t understand.  Well, maybe for you two years feels like the blink of an eye.  But to me, it’s an eternity…  I don’t mean that literally, of course.  Everyone knows time can’t move at two different speeds.  Deem me medically unfit to finish school.  Nervous breakdown will do.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“Buongiorno, papa.  That is the extent of my Italian thus far.  You were right.  It is a difficult language to grasp.  I’ve decided to go to Zurich Polytechnic instead. They’ll admit me if I pass the entrance exam in June.  I was hoping I could stay here… with you and mother and Maja… while I study.  Hello, mother.  I’m sorry, father. I am not going back to Germany.  Ever again.” — Albert Einstein

Quote1Alright, let’s all open our eyes… and return to Germany.  Here is our traveling light beam.  Now, I will ask you again.  How can something… light.  Travel through nothing… space?  It cannot!  Good!  Therefore, if light is only a wave, then… exactly.  So just as sound waves travel through air, light waves must travel through some sort of medium in space.  Scientists called it the ether, an invisible but all-encompassing substance pervading the universe.  I believed in it when I was your age; trust me, I knew everything.  But as it turns out, I was wrong.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“I just saw him yesterday… he was coming to dinner on Sunday.  Why did you send her away?  I don’t want to be disturbed by the press.  I need Betty to answer the phone.  Why should I talk to her?  She brings us nothing but misery and pain.  We have enough of that as it is.  To my study.  Don’t what?  A machine gun and a grenade… what sort of animals would do this?” — Albert Einstein

“We were, thank you.  A thousand?  Elsa, you are not here to offer your condolences, are you, captain?” — Albert Einstein

Quote1We’re not going anywhere, Elsa.  The killers are dead.  No.  This is not about Germany.  Elsa, this is about my work, my colleagues at the academy, our friends, my sailboat, this apartment.  Our life.  It’s all here.  It’s home.  Walther was killed because he was a politician.  I’m only a scientist.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“I have teaching offers abroad.  Oxford.  Princeton.  I also despise German nationalism.  Do you know what I find most extraordinary about you, Fritz Haber?  That you see yourself as one of them, and not as one of us.  No, I’m a realist.  Really, Fritz?  You’re proud of your military service?  You may have changed your religion, but don’t think for a second you can change your heritage.  No, it’s not how I see you that matters.  It’s how men like this Adolf Hitler character see you.  Tell that to the esteemed professor Lenard.  Read it to me.  I’m quite certain it took him all the restraint he could muster not to refer to relativity as a ‘Jewish theory.’  Perhaps.  But look how many others have signed it.  People are listening to him, Fritz… he’s dangerous.” — Albert Einstein

Quote1No, we’re not going home until the funeral is over.  And we’re not leaving Germany.  If we leave, they win.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“Weber, Heinrich Weber.  Chair of the physics department, I know.  I read your paper on heat conduction.  I am self-taught, Herr professor.  Why is that?  That’s quite a few subjects.  Oh, my father… can you make an exception, sir?  I only want to study physics.  But literature is a pastime, I’ve never been to a zoo in my life, botany I place under the same sub-section as literature bourgeois, and French, well… pourquoi, sir?  Politics are frivolous.  They are only a matter of present concern.  But a mathematical equation, professor, well, that stands forever.  Will I be an official student?  I need to earn a degree, sir.  Because without one, I’ll never be taken seriously as a physicist.  And I’ll never get an office like this, will I?  I won’t disappoint you, sir.” — Albert Einstein

Quote1Yes, I, I, I… yes, right, I am… forgive me, sir, I can explain.  Thank you, sir.  I will?  My opinions are usually unwelcome.  From a scientific perspective, what Marie said is very exciting, and… well funny enough, it’s an idea I’ve been considering for a while now.  ‘Natura Naturans.’  Everything is connected.  Nature isn’t a product of God, nature is God.  If we suppose that’s true, well, then we must conclude the universe isn’t some mystical netherworld outside our grasp of understanding.  From the smallest molecule to the largest galaxy… every question must have a definable answer… and, well, I intend to find those answers.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“Oh really?  Well, the ball in outer space would win because it’s travelling in a vacuum.  But I have another question.  Well, now I’m imagining that the ball is traveling in deep space… with… with no stars or planets around it.  Acceleration is the derivative of velocity with respect to time.  Well, how do we know the ball is moving at all if there’s nothing to compare its motion to?  In other words, what is time?  And for that matter, what is space?  ‘Equitably without relation to anything external,’ time and space are absolute, I know.  But when pressed on the subject of absoluteness, Newton said ‘the deity endures forever… and by existing always and everywhere, he constitutes duration and space.’  Which, in short, is saying, ‘I have no idea, but God must,’ so that… I know, I should go.” — Albert Einstein

Quote1Nietzsche?  ‘If you step on enough toes, one day you’ll trip.’  Close.  My father.  I don’t believe it. My application to renounce my German citizenship.  It’s been approved.  I’m officially stateless.  Because nationalism is an infantile disease.  The measles of mankind.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

Quote1Of course.  I wasn’t, I promise!  I was having the most wonderful thought.  It’s been bothering me for over a year now.  How does something… travel through nothing?  I imagined I was riding alongside a light beam.  Guess what happened?  Let me show you.  Come, come on, come!  Imagine that I am a light beam traveling to earth.  Now catch me!  About 300,00 kilometers per second.  No, I am a wave.  Traveling through the ether.  As you catch up to me, the strangest thing happens.  I appear to slow down.  Am I right?  But here is the best part… when you are traveling the speed of light alongside the wave… me, I appear, frozen in time.  Well, so far, yes.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“Yes, Hitler didn’t win.  Elsa, please.  Not now.  You know why?  My old friend sir Isaac Newton was really right about some things.  An object at rest really does tend to stay at rest.  I need tobacco.  I’m an able man.  Everything is fine.  Hitler did not win.” — Albert Einstein

Quote1Afternoon, Ernst.  I took your advice and listen to Eric Satie.  A little too French for me, but you’re right… his ability to evoke complex emotion with simplicity is remarkable.  Though I must admit I am surprised that a Wagnerian such as yourself enjoy experimental minimalism.  Is everything all right, Ernst?  Well, that’ll be all for today.  Elsa has me cutting back.  Everyone has a choice, Ernst.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“Your induced voltage is too high.  Energy equals magnetic field times length of conductor.  So why not shorten the length of the conductor instead of trying to change the speed of the rotor?  Wire cutters.  Try it now.  I think the patient will survive.” — Albert Einstein

Quote1Thank you, father.  Wonderful, she sends her regards.  She’s teaching me French.  Excited?  About what?  Mother, I appreciate your interest,  and I adore Marie.  But I’m not ready for marriage and I don’t plan on moving to Milan.  I’m sorry, father, but I have no intention of becoming an engineer.  Maybe.  But I can’t bear the thought of having to expend my creative energy making practical everyday life more refined for the sole purpose of capital gain.  I’m not a communist, I’m an internationalist.  I wouldn’t expect you to understand.  I’ve told you before.  I’m going to be a professor.  I will think for thinking’s sake.  I’m sure from your bourgeois perspective it would seem indulgent.  But I’m going to Zurich Polytechnic.  I won’t fail again!  The same people who pay for you to keep plundering your businesses into the ground.  Mother’s family.  That’s who.  They’ve already agreed.  No, no.  It was entirely my doing.  When you left me behind in Germany, you told me to be independent, to take responsibility for myself.  At first, I thought you were being cruel.  But now I see you did me a great service.  You were right.  My future is mine and mine alone, so I must take charge of it.  Thank you for the lovely holiday, mother.  Maja.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“Thank you, sir.  Thank you.  I’ll wrote, I promise.  Thank you.  Thank you for everything.  Marie, wait, please.  Marie, I’m going to write to you.  And Zurich’s not that far.  I’ll visit.  I will find a formula to freeze time.  You won’t even know I’m gone.” — Albert Einstein

“We should stop this.  Stop!  I am sorry, young man.  I seem to have lost my pen… Else, Elsa… you are right, it’s time.” — Albert Einstein

Quote1Oh, I’m sorry.  I must have the wrong room.  Physics.  Good day.  Excuse me?  As I said, I am in… I’m sorry, who are you?  Uh, that’s ridiculous.  If that were the case, well, then, we could see equally well at night.  I apologize, I didn’t think… Faraday’s law.  Professor Weber.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“I can’t take any more bad news… hello, Mileva… oh apologies, I thought… no, would you repeat that please?  It’s the United States embassy.  It’s all right, Elsa.  How can we help you, Mr. Geist?  I am giving a series of lectures at the California institute of technology, and opening the institute for advanced study at Princeton… but you knew that already.  How do you mean?  Is this a joke, Mr. Geist?  That is none of your business.  This is nonsense!  May I remind you, Mr. Geist, your country has invited me, not the other way around.  My loyalties?  If you wish to talk about threats, Mr. Geist, perhaps you should look outside your window.  Have you noticed the charming fellows in brown shirts who call me Jewish swine and want people like me dead?  Oh, no?  You want to take a walk with me?  I’m not giving you one.  Because I’d doubt you’d be smart enough to be in my class.  Hoover?  What does he want with me?” — Albert Einstein

Quote1Miss Maric raises a fair question, sir.  These pencils for example… of course they won’t hop up off the floor and neatly rearrange themselves neatly back in the box.  But they could, mathematically, could they not?  Newton’s equations work both ways.  So, theoretically if the movement of molecules is the underlying principle… apologies sir.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“Miss Maric, miss Maric!  A word?  Nor do I.  Of what use is conversation if it’s idle?  No, I wanted to discuss your inquiry in class… excuse me?  Quite the contrary.  I assure you, I come highly recommended.  That wasn’t my intention but… I fear you’ve misunderstood me, I… I have no idea.  What a troubled creature.  Albert Einstein.  Sorry about your pencils.  Well that would have been fantastically irreversible.  Why not?” — Albert Einstein

Quote1Miss Maric.  I’m sorry.  Did I disturb you?  Apologies.  Mozart helps me think.  Not if I were to follow these… inelegant instructions.  There must be a better approach, don’t you think?  And that’s all you want from an education?  To pass your exams?  Certainly.  But I’m a student of science because… well, I want to discover new ways of understanding the world around me.  Don’t you already know how this will turn out?Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“B for Boltzmann?  Half a term on gases and Weber still hasn’t mentioned kinetic theory.  I’m beginning to think I’d be learning more if I spent all my time with a good book.  I don’t mind sharing.  Maybe you could read to me?  I should’ve taken your advice and followed the instructions.  Why must you be so cruel to me, miss Maric?  Herr professor!  Miss Maric and I were just discussing… of course.  If you decide to share, do give me a knock.” — Albert Einstein

Quote1I don’t understand.  The opposite, in fact.  I’ve got nothing but questions.  How am I supposed to find answers if I don’t ask?  Sir?  Miss Maric?  I barely know her and I certainly wasn’t… thank you, but I… of course.  I’ll do my best, sir.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“To Marie!  I was working with a Kundt’s tube, measuring the effect of temperature on the speed of sound waves, and in an attempt to magnify their amplitude I neglected to compensate for the flammable nature of the… I’m sorry, I don’t understand.  I’m sorry.  Of course, you don’t want to discuss physics.  Maybe… but Grossman’s family have a house on a lake and I’ve been invited to join them so… of course Mariechien.” — Albert Einstein

Quote1What?  I don’t understand how you all arrived at this notion that we’re engaged.  I’m not sure I want to spend my life with a woman who can’t carry a compelling conversation on the nature of things.  Tell me why I put up with you bourgeois bores?  Yeah.  Gimp, you mean Mileva?  She does have a hitch in her gait, doesn’t she?  I do love the sound of her voice though.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“Miss Maric!  Miss Maric!  What a kind gesture, leaving this book for me.  I couldn’t help but think about the pencils.  From our first class?  If we think of entropy as Boltzman does, as a measure of probability… well then the process is irreversible because number of possible configurations for the pencils outside of the box is nearly infinite whereas only a handful of possibilities for the way they fit back in… don’t go.  We don’t have much time left in the term.  And there are… things I wanted to talk to you about.  Like… you move me.  No, I’m… what do you mean?  But Marie is not, she’s… but why not?” — Albert Einstein

Quote1You’re both looking ruddy.  Seems the summer treated you well.  Yes, well.  Huh.  What?  Sir, sir, I was wondering… have you heard anything of miss Maric?  I don’t, I don’t.  Or, it’s merely intellectual.  She lent me a book… yes, sir.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“My esteemed miss Maric… my thoughts drifted your way more than once this summer.  Do forgive me for the distress I caused at our last meeting.  I hoped I would be able to apologize in person.  But as I understand it something has drawn you to Heidelberg.  If you find yourself bored, please write and share with me why you chose to leave…” — Albert Einstein

Quote1What I want to know, sir, is why?  Why say heat flows and temperatures are connected.  Or, or different gases exert different pressures?  If we were to explore kinetic theory… physics is dynamic!  you see knowledge as a baton to be passed, but scientific pursuit isn’t a race.  This should be an adventure!Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“There’s no reason to take this personally.  It’s the basics of thermodynamics I’m questioning.  Not you, Herr Weber… my apologies.  Herr professor, but I don’t understand… don’t you find it fascinating that even though these tiny molecules of gas move at a near incomprehensible speed, they travel hardly any distance at all!  Not even a hairsbreadth!  Lenard, actually.  Miss Maric wrote to me about one of his lectures… miss Maric has done nothing but demonstrate her deep intelligence to you, and yet you treat her with disdain.  What offense has she ever given you?” — Albert Einstein

Quote1Well, Galileo is the author of the principle of relativity.  I simply provided a revision.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

Quote1History is full of bad jokes, I suppose.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

Quote1I think of all the mysteries in the universe, people are the hardest to fathom.Quote2 — Albert Einstein

“I’m not wrong.  But even if I were, so what?  Scientists must take risks.  Otherwise, we’d never make any advancements.” — Albert Einstein

“What I believe is the universe is so extraordinary, only God could have created it.  My job is simply to figure out how he did it.” — Albert Einstein

“You’re the one who actually built the damn thing, but still everyone blames me.” — Albert Einstein

“Birthdays cause a man to reflect on what little he has accomplished.” — Albert Einstein


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Mileva Maric, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Samantha ColleyQuote1For what?  What class are you looking for?  Tell me, do you know Empedocles?  Empedocles.  The pre-Socratic philosopher who studied cosmogony.  Physics.  Yes, you made that quite clear.  Cosmogony is the study of the origins of the cosmos.  And Empedocles, he was the first known person to ask the simple question: ‘what is light?’  He believed that Aphrodite, a woman, in case you didn’t know, formed the human eye and lit a fire in it, allowing us to see.  Empedocles thought the same, so he postulated that the sun’s rays may be linked to the rays shooting from our eyes.  A fanciful idea, I know, but if not for him, we might not have had the counter-theories of Aristotle, then Euclid, then Alhazen, Kepler, Newton, Faraday and finally, James Clark Maxwell: light is electromagnetic radiation.  That a woman could possibly understand that the curl of the electric field is equal to the negative time derivative of the magnetic field?  The Maxwell-Faraday equation if we are being specific.  You see, Empedocles was wrong about how we see, but he stumbled upon a universal truth: human perception is frightfully narrow.  We believe we see the whole when in fact we’ve only seen a fraction.Quote2 — Mileva Maric

“Thank you, papa.  She’s so beautiful… it’s called refraction.  All the colors are there, inside the light.  The glass just pulls it apart so we can see.  We don’t learn about science in school.  I found it in a book.” — Mileva Maric

Quote1With me?  No sir, nothing.  It’s only… if heat is a result of the motion of the underlying molecules… and Newton’s laws of motion are reversible… then what explains irreversibility here?Quote2 — Mileva Maric

“I’ve no time for idle conversation, Herr Einstein.  Did I seem in distress?  As though I was in need of a savior?  Then I’m unsure why you took it upon yourself to to intercede with professor Weber on my behalf, or why you believe you’re entitled to my attention in this moment.  Herr Einstein, are you attempting to flirt with me?  I did not come to university to flirt, or to meet a man, and certainly not to find a husband.  Stay away from me!” — Mileva Maric

Quote1Are you under the impression you’re the only one in the building?  Your playing is adequate, but it makes it quite difficult to concentrate.  I’m not sure this assignment requires much thought.  I think following the instructions is the way to pass the class.  I want a degree.  Don’t you?  I find knowing how it will turn out reassuring.  Discover quietly, Herr Einstein.  Please.Quote2 — Mileva Maric

“You too?  Well, I’m afraid I’ve beaten you to this one.  Did your fiddle decide to fight back?  Well, I hope you’ve learned your lesson.” — Mileva Maric

Quote1We took the train to Vienna!  There weren’t any books on electromagnetic theory near home.  Oh yes!  It is Faraday’s concepts of fields and potentials that provide the most natural setting for the mathematical discovers of Green and Gauss.Quote2 — Mileva Maric

“Good evening, is Herr Einstein in?  Marie?  Just this.” — Mileva Maric

Quote1Don’t worry, mama.  I won’t need to marry.  I plan to be a scientist.Quote2 — Mileva Maric

“I’m glad you enjoyed it.  Now if you’ll excuse me… the probability of chaos.  You’re playing a trick.  I know you’re spoken for.  Herr Grossman told me.  About Marie.  So this is, what, a little fun at my… stop!  It doesn’t matter.  I can’t, this is not a possibility.” — Mileva Maric

Quote1Thank you, Frau Fricke.  Esteemed sir.  I must offer an apology.  Your instructions were clear.  I was to wait to write to you until bored, but I am never that.  I was compelled to ignore those instructions after a lecture from professor Lenard exploring the kinetic theory of heat and gasses.  Just as we always hoped to hear from Weber!  You simply won’t believe what this lecture revealed…Quote2 — Mileva Maric

“Herr professor.  If you’ll permit me, my name is… yes, well, I’ve been trying to understand the equipartition theorem and if it applies to the case of diatomic gases.  How do I distribute the energy?  So then… you divide the energy equally, giving the rotational and vibrational modes the same amount as the transitional ones?  On equipartition theorum?  Only you, sir.  Though I did some reading while studying at polytechnic In Zurich.  I found the instruction on thermodynamics there… lacking.  No, sir, I mean, yes.  I’ve enjoyed them very much.  But… I’ve written an essay on kinetic theory.  I was hoping you might make time to read it.  And if you find it worthy, that you might write to the administration on my behalf.  I’ve petitioned to be allowed to take the entrance exam.  Thank you, but sir.  Please.  I can’t go back there.” — Mileva Maric

“Emile.  If you wanted to spend time together?  In the library.  I could help you study.  Well then, I’ll see you tomorrow.” — Mileva Maric

Quote1You promised me!  But you haven’t supported my studies.  You haven’t helped me catch up.  You’ve siphoned my time, my thoughts, my energy, all for your own gain, how could you be so careless with my heart?  Stop!  You only care about yourself.  You haven’t even tried to understand me!  How hard… I must work, how tireless I must be, how strong and  cold to have the slimmest hope of being taken seriously.  To be given an ounce of the respect you receive instantly by virtue of your manhood.  No, I knew!  I knew this would happen.  What an idiot I am.Quote2 — Mileva Maric

“Do not speak to me.  Ever again.” — Mileva Maric

Quote1I’ve spent my entire life being overlooked and underestimated.  Giving up is a luxury I could never afford.Quote2 — Mileva Maric


Raymond Geist, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Vincent KartheiserRaymond Geist

“Doctor and Mrs. Einstein.  Thank you for coming on such short notice.  I am deputy consul general Raymond Geist.  It’s a real honor to meet you both.  Please, have a seat.  Yes, ma’am.  What is the purpose for your travel to America, professor?  Is that all you plan on doing?  What is your political creed, professor?  I’m afraid it isn’t.  Are you now or have you ever been a member of a political organization?  Then perhaps we can talk about Mileva Maric, your ex-wife, yes?  Are you in frequent contact?  To our understanding, her political background is quite radical.  Yes professor, but you have a history of… how shall I put this… controversy… which calls into question your loyalties… and it is my job to ensure that any individual coming to our shores does not pose a threat.  If you’re referring to the nationalist social party, they are not in power.  Professor, I have not called you here for a lesson in German politics.  Dr, Einstein, I am conducting this inquiry at the request of the director of the United States bureau of investigation.  Yes, Mr. J. Edgar Hoover.  He’s been quite interested in your political activities and affiliations since your first visit to New York.  So unless you answer my questions to his satisfaction, you will not be granted entry to the United States of America.” — Raymond Geist


Heinrich Weber, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Alistair PetrieProfessor Heinrich Weber

“Herr Einstein?  I am professor… it seems you have read quite a few papers, young man.  You passed the mathematics and science sections with flying colors.  Where did you learn all of this?  Ah, that makes sense.  Because you failed everything else.  Literature, zoology, botany, French, politics, to be specific.  Indeed.  No, that is not how a University works.  You forgot about politics.  I’ll tell you what, I am going to bend the rules and invite you to audit my classes and work in my laboratory.  No.  There is a good school 25 miles west of here.  I know a teacher who will take you in.  You study for a year, go to a zoo, learn some French, then come back here and re-take the exam.” — Heinrich Weber

“Physics, pass.  Mathematics, pass.  Zoology, botany, literature, pass.  Oh, which brings us to French… specifically, your essay.  And I translate: ‘I will enroll in Zurich Polytechnic.  I will stay there four years and study physics and mathematics.  I suppose I will become a teacher in these fields, focusing on the theoretical parts.’  Your vocabulary is elementary.  The syntax, simplistic.  You did not use the future simple.  But I think it is an excellent plan.  Welcome to Zurich Polytechnic.” — Heinrich Weber

“Good morning.  Herr Einstein.  I see you have met the only student to have scored higher than you in the mathematics section of our entrance exam.  Say hello to Mileva Maric.” — Heinrich Weber

“Energy moves and it changes through work and through heat.  IT passes into and out of the systems that govern our lives.  And as these systems interact, they seek balance.  A block of ice in a hot room melts and along with this transfer of energy comes an associated increase in entropy.  Now, this process like all natural processes is, irreversible, the ice melts.  However, it… is there something the matter miss Maric?  Are you confused?  In this class, we will deal only with what has been proven.  The existence of molecules has not.  Herr Einstein, please.  Herr Einstein!  I appreciate your enthusiasm, but we do not engage in theatrics here.  Thank you.  As was my point, a block of ice melts…” — Heinrich Weber

“He was reaching beyond what was required.  Let us not fault him for being eager.  Yes, but he passed his winter exams with flying colors, did he not?  Potential.  Einstein may be the brightest mind I’ve yet taught.  Now, I agree that he can be impudent, but he is young.  Who of us wasn’t a horse’s ass at his age?  I will have a talk with him.” — Heinrich Weber

“Herr Einstein?  Take a walk with me.  I only have a few minutes before my next lecture.  It’s not often I come across a student with your boundless potential… but I’m afraid to say, not all of your professors share my patience with your eccentricities. You are skipping classes, missing assignments, and challenging your instructors.  Frankly, you give the impression you think you have all the answers.  By respecting the fundamentals.  And being mindful of where you place your attention.  The library is no place to… woo a woman.  I am not blind.  I’ve observed you in close conversation with miss Maric on more than one occasion.  Good, you keep it that way.  The Slavs are a dangerous sort, I assure you.  Now, I was more than happy to take up your case with the doubters on the faculty… and come graduation, I can be useful in securing your future.   If you prove my faith founded.  Good.” — Heinrich Weber

“Welcome back, gentlemen.  I thought you had no interest in her.  Well, if you must know, she’s auditing classes in Heidelberg and will not be returning.  Do you remember what we discussed?  Attention and commitment.  They will serve you well.” — Heinrich Weber

“Why what?  This is not an exploration.  It’s a lecture.  Pick up your pencil… Herr Einstein enough!  Never in all my years of teaching have I seen such disrespect.  It will not be tolerated.  Am I clear?  You will address me as Herr professor, you impudent twit!  The laws of thermodynamics are observable and provable.  There is nothing to question.  These radical thoughts are a disease, who has infected you?  Hm?  Is it Boltzmann?  Mach?  Again with this woman!  Did I not warn you she was dangerous?  You are a very clever boy, Einstein.  Very clever.  But you have one fault.  You’ll never let yourself be told anything.  Best of luck.  That’s clearly all I have left to offer you.” — Heinrich Weber

“I made every effort to act as a mentor to the young man.  Fail him, if you must.  I’m no longer concerned for his future.” — Heinrich Weber

Marie Winteler, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Shannon TarbetMarie Winteler, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Shannon TarbetMarie Winteler

“Everyone relax, I’ll get it!  Hello, may I help you?  Buzz off, you gnat.  I must apologize.  What?  I am so sorry.  Mathias, shut it.  Do you have brothers and sisters?  I already asked him.  Why should someone’s vocation define his intellect?  Thank you.  It means God and nature are one in the same.  I am a certified teacher now, if you need a Latin tutor.” — Marie Winteler

“Albert, a letter for you, looks official.  What is it?  So now, you have no passport.  That seems… reckless.  Why would you do that?  Where on earth did you get such an idea.  Papa, you didn’t!  Sorry, that will have to wait.  Albert and I have work to do.  William Shakespeare.” — Marie Winteler

“Okay, futur simple. J’aurais…tu auras, il ou elle aura, nous aurons… are you listening to me?  You were sleeping!  Oh yes and what was that?  What are you talking about, Albert?  I have no idea.  How fast must we go?  Albert, you are mad!  Is that it?” — Marie Winteler

“Well, have a safe journey.  Just go, Albert.  Its all right.  I’m happy for you.  You’re going to do great things.  What a lovely thought…” — Marie Winteler

“What happened?  Cheri, cheri, ce que tu dis n’a aucun sens.  Exactly.  You never did pay attention during our French lessons, and sadly, physics is not my forte… I don’t want to discuss anything.  Take me for a walk… I could make the trip to Milan.  I do enjoy sailing.  Albert, you would tell me if something was troubling you?” — Marie Winteler

“Is he angry with me?  Not even what?  You mean distracted.  It can be very charming.  But also very frustrating.  I just miss him I suppose.  I bet he’d like some tea.  Studying all those hours.  Don’t you?  May I see this one please?  Thank you.” — Marie Winteler

Fred Winteler, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Benjamin HaighFred Winteler

“Well spit it out, then.  Mother, Marie called me a gnat!” — Fred Winteler

Mathias Winteler

“Oh, my God.  Marie has a boyfriend.  Marie’s boyfriend!” — Mathias Winteler

Paul Winteler, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Taylor FrostPaul Winteler

“In her dreams.  What does that even mean?” — Paul Winteler

Pauline Winteler, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Lucy RussellPauline Winteler

“Julius, language.  Albert, eat.” — Pauline Winteler

“I’m so proud of you.  Safe travels.” — Pauline Winteler

“Julius, enough.” — Pauline Winteler

Julius Winteler, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, George WebsterJulius Winteler

“Who are you?  Baruch Spinoza is a buffoon, not a philosopher.  At least Descartes was a military man.  Piss off, Anna.  Did you know that Spinoza never taught a day in his life.  He was a lowly optical lens grinder.  Fine, fine, but his treatise on God is hearsay.  ‘Natura Naturans?’  Please.  Very funny.  Well, that is the most hedonistic thing I have heard all night!  Did you hear what he said?  You’re crazy!” — Julius Winteler

“Not much.  Ow!  Mmm, yes and so would Anna, apparently.” — Julius Winteler

“The train won’t wait!” — Julius Winteler

Anna Winteler, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Alicia von RittbergAnna Winteler

“Marie has a boyfriend?  Since when?  I do, but look!  A real boy!  Oh, here we go again.” — Anna Winteler

“I do hope you’ll return sooner rather than later, Mr. Besso.” — Anna Winteler

Rosa Winteler, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Lucy ChappellRosa Winteler

“Anna, you said you couldn’t do dishes because you had cramps!  Who are you?” — Rosa Winteler

“Look at you blushing.” — Rosa Winteler

Jost Winteler, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Nicholas RoweJost Winteler

“Albert Einstein!  Your reputation precedes you.  Disobedient son, perennial truant, unrepentant flouter of authority.  I’m not chastising you.  I’m congratulating you.  We Wintelers respect a true rebel.  You are welcome here for as long as you like.  Julius, show him in.  Quick.  Darling, Albert is here.  Well said, darling.  Albert may take you up on that.  Professor Weber tells me you need a little help in the humanities.  Is that why you are so silent tonight?  Not here they aren’t.  Speak.” — Jost Winteler

“Thank you.  ‘The surest way to corrupt a youth is to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.’  Excellent.  Confucius?  I’m proud of you, Albert.  Now you’re a citizen of the world.  Let us celebrate!  ‘And though she be but little, she is fierce.’  Good luck.” — Jost Winteler

“Come here, son.  Don’t let those academic fools in Zurich change you, Albert.  Their knowledge is their weakness, while your imagination is your strength.” — Jost Winteler

“Oh my beautiful daughter… what a joy it is, to celebrate your birth.  Seems that any day now, we’ll be losing you to another man.  But we could do worse than you, Albert.  Who knew inviting you into our home those years back we would expand our merry band so exponentially!  Dear Maja is now as much a sister to our girls as she is to you… and now you’ve brought us Mr. Besso!  Such a charming dinner companion!  I hope you return for many more meals.  But most importantly… thank you, Albert for making our Marie so happy.  To Marie!” — Jost Winteler

“Our pleasure.  Take a breath son, there’s plenty of time.  You know I’m a modern man, Albert, but my Marie is risking a great deal with you.  I expect you to do right by her.  Safe travels, son.” — Jost Winteler

Philipp Lenard, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Michael McElhattonDr. Philipp Lenard

“I couldn’t agree more.  That’s why I’m choosing to teach.  A national day of mourning for a Bolshevik Jew who bankrupted our nation and left behind a generation of jobless young men?  No thank you.  The death of Walther Rathenau should be cause for celebration, not mourning.  No.  This funeral is a garish spectacle planned by left wing radicals like Albert Einstein to paint German patriots as criminals.  If that is what you think this is, sir, then we are not friends.” — Dr. Philipp Lenard

“Gentlemen, there is a new war festering.  A war against reason, against clarity, against this very institution.  Germany and German physics are under threat!  Our forefathers based their science on experimentation and fact.  Not artificial formula based on arbitrary definitions, or publicity-seeking fabrications of space and time.  This ‘foreign’ influence has been gaining momentum for far too long… and it is your job, as the future of this great nation, to protect our aryan respect for empirical observation!  Abstruse theories devoid of reality have no place in our field.  If we do not fight against them, I promise you, the foreigner will spread through these hallowed halls like a virus, and before we have time to react, German physics will be no more.  It is time to stand up, gentlemen, stand up for Germany!” — Dr. Philipp Lenard

“Good afternoon.  My name is professor Philipp Lenard… I am pleased to welcome you to the kinetic principles of theoretical physics.  Over the course of the term, these lectures will explore a vast yet infinitesimal universe… now, if these molecules move with a velocity of over 400 meters per second then… using these results… we can determine that they travel no more than one one hundredth of a hairsbreadth.” — Dr. Philipp Lenard

“Mileva Maric.  One doesn’t lose track of the sole woman in the room.  As a matter of fact, it does indeed apply, and you use the theorem in exactly the same way as before.  You have an impressive command of this material.  With whom else have you studied?  So you are here, auditing my lectures for… your enjoyment?  I admire your spirit Fraulein, but the Swiss are much more liberal than the Germans.  Heidelberg does not and will not confer degrees on women.  You should return to Zurich and earn your diploma.  After that, I might be willing to consider you for a research position, hm?  Why ever not?” — Dr. Philipp Lenard

Elsa Einstein, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Emily WatsonElsa Einstein

“That’s quite all right, Fraulein.  If you don’t mind, I’d like some time alone with my husband.  I know why you need Betty.  And that is not the press.  It’s Mileva.  She’s been calling all morning.  Where are you going?  Please don’t.  Do what you always do.  Hide in your work.  Your friend just died.  You need to grieve.  You know exactly what sort of animals.” — Elsa Einstein

“Who were they?  What is your definition of ‘fringe,’ captain?  One hundred members?  Ten members?” — Elsa Einstein

“All the movers in the morning.  They can have the apartment packed by Friday.  We’ll go to the Baltic Sea for the summer.  That will give us a chance to consider a more permanent option.  Albert, are you even listening to me?  Did you hear what the man said?  You’re on a list!  And they have accomplices.  I will not kowtow to bullies!  And I will not sit by and wait for fascists to kill my husband!  I want to leave, Albert.  Please.  You don’t even like Germany.  That’s what Walther Rathenau believed, too.  And you’re both Jews.” — Elsa Einstein

“We should leave, now.  Albert…” — Elsa Einstein

“Have you read this?  He won 230 seats.  That’s almost a majority.  Albert, you’ve been saying ‘not now’ for ten years.  Albert this is not a joke.  Where are you going?  No, it is not safe.  I’ll send someone.  And I am scared.  When Walther was murdered, you chose to stay and I accepted.  It was brave and defiant.  But this is different.  Enough already, Albert.” — Elsa Einstein

“Oh well, um, I’ll um… I’ll call Princeton.  Albert?  It’s probably Mileva.  You have to talk to her.” — Elsa Einstein

“I must say, we were quite surprised by your call.  We’ve been to the United States three times now.  We’ve never had a problem obtaining visas.  You are aware, young man that our boat leaves tomorrow.  What has she to do with this?  Albert.” — Elsa Einstein

“It’s true.  The surest way to get my husband to do what you want is to tell him not to.” — Elsa Einstein

Fritz Haber, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Richard TopolFritz Haber

“Where on God’s earth would you go?  Ha!  I’ve known you for a decade, Albert.  You despise British formality.  You despise American exceptionalism.  So do most Germans!  The country has declared a national holiday for Walther’s funeral tomorrow, for God’s sake.  Elsa is overreacting.  It might be my brilliant mind or my scintillating wit, but knowing you, you’re not about to flatter me.  One of us?  You talk like a zionist.  And I am a German patriot, a proud war veteran, and a devout Christian.  Is that how you really see me?  As some sort of fraud?  Adolf Hitler is a loud-mouthed art school reject with a handful of supporters in a country of sixty million.  He’ll be gone in a year.  ‘Albert Einstein should hereby be barred from attending the annual conference for German science.  On grounds that his theory of relativity offends against the common sense of scientists?’  Forget Lenard.  He’s just jealous of your success.” — Fritz Haber

Hermann Einstein, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Robert LindsayHermann Einstein

“Well, what do you have to say for yourself?  Turn around.  Look at me.  I want you to listen to me very carefully, son.  Rebellion will get you nowhere in life.  You step on enough toes and I promise you, one day you will trip.  That’s exactly what you’re going to do.  The headmaster is willing to give you one last chance, so I want you to go in there and say you’re sorry.  You need an education.  How exactly will you do that?  I see my imprudent son.  Oh Albert, I don’t have time for… solving mysteries is not a vacation.  No, not without a degree you won’t.  And if you get thrown out again, I will not be here to save you.  No.  I don’t mean that.  I mean, I will not be here at all.  Your mother, sister and I are moving to Italy.  Big demand for street lamps in Milan.  Our business is bankrupt.  It is not your concern.  Albert, Albert, you don’t speak Italian.  How would you expect to go to school?  Albert.  No, I’m looking out for your future.  It’s time you learn to be independent and take responsibility for yourself.  You will live with your cousin until your studies are complete.  Now back to school.” — Hermann Einstein

“Pauline!  Maja!  The train will not wait for your hair to be pinned up!  Driver.” — Hermann Einstein

“Eggs.  I’m late.  Eggs, eggs, eggs.  I can’t afford to be late.  Why are you not in school?  Zurich Polytechnic?  No, no, no, you cannot expect to enter University without finishing… no!  He will go back to Munich immediately and finish his studies!  And that is an order.” — Hermann Einstein

“No, no, no, dear God.  We need to deliver this order by Monday I don’t get paid.  How the hell do we do that?” — Hermann Einstein

“You should have seen him, Pauline!  He’s here for one week, one week and he fixes all our problems.  We should have school vacations more often!  Albert, I’m very proud of you.  Maja, please.  Albert, your uncle Jakob was mentioning how we could use another gifted engineer in our company.  Not immediately, of course.  I mean, obviously you’d have to finish your engineering studies first.  But you have such an aptitude for it.  Dear God!  What in God’s name have they been teaching you in Switzerland?  You sound like a communist!  What the hell is that supposed to mean?  Really, oh why?  Because I’m not as brilliant as you, I suppose.  Tell me, my son, the genius, how do you propose to make a living without a job?  That is the most indulgent thing I’ve ever heard!  My bourgeois perspective?  You failed your entrance exam!  Who do you think is going to pay for this Zurich Polytechnic, huh?  Oh, like hell they will.  Did you arrange this?” — Hermann Einstein

Pauline Einstein, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Claire RushbrookPauline Einstein

“Coming, coming already.  Albert, I left you two roast hens, green beans and potatoes.  Oh, and I ordered extra milk delivery to your aunt’s house, so drink plenty.  Come.  I also left you a few extra marks.  Don’t tell your father.  It’s not his money, anyway.  Make us proud.” — Pauline Einstein

“Spelt, milk, and do not forget the… yes, please, I heard you!  Hermann, who are you talking to?  Albert!  Hermann, let the boy in.” — Pauline Einstein

“How is Marie, darling?  I’ve been corresponding with her mother.  Everyone is quite excited.  The courtship, of course!  The potential of it!  I’ve been saying that for years!  I’m sure Marie would love Milan.  The food, the fashion.  We could even help them rent a nice apartment,  Couldn’t we, Hermann?  Hermann, please don’t.  No.  Stop it, both of you!” — Pauline Einstein

Maja Einstein, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Helen MonksMaja Einstein

“This is awful… promise me you’ll write.” — Maja Einstein

“I bet she’s teaching you more than that.  May I be excused?  Don’t leave like this, Albert.” — Maja Einstein

“Angry?  Of course not, Albert’s probably not even… oh, you know how he gets… yes.  He’s just consumed by whatever’s right in front of him.  If it makes you feel better, I haven’t had a letter since he’s been back in Zurich.  Not even a postcard.  I know.” — Maja Einstein

Betty, Genius, National Geographic, 20th Century FOX TV, Charity WakefieldBetty Neumann

“Not now, Albert.  Please be quiet.  Pick me up!  Oh, God, oh God, oh God!” — Betty Neumann

“You’re late for your lecture.  Fine.  Since you have so much time, shall we address your schedule?  The Telegraph, Life Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times have all requested interviews.  And please don’t forget that you invited Minister Rathenau to dinner on Sunday.  You have a wife.  You’re insane… the truth being that rules don’t apply to you?” — Betty Neumannn

“For a man who is an expert on the universe, you don’t know the first thing about people, do you?” — Betty Neumannn

“Professor Einstein’s office… one moment, please.  It’s Mileva Maric.  I apologize.  The professor is busy.  May I take a messa… yes, Frau.  She says it is urgent.  I’ll get it.” — Betty Neumannn


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