In autumn 1933, Albert Einstein found himself living alone in an isolated holiday hut in rural Norfolk, guarded by a local Conservative MP. There, he toiled peacefully at mathematics while occasionally stepping out for walks or to play his violin. But how had he come to abandon his Berlin home and go ‘on the run’?
Whenever we think of Einstein, we generally picture him in relation to Germany, his birthplace, or Switzerland, where he became a physicist, or the United States, where he settled in his last two decades, or Israel, to which he willed his massive archives. Yet, it would be no exaggeration to say that Britain made Einstein into the worldwide phenomenon he is today.
In this lecture, Andrew Robinson tells the full story for the first time, showing why Britain was the perfect sanctuary from rumoured assassination by Nazi agents. Young Einstein’s passion for British physics, epitomised by Isaac Newton, had sparked his scientific development around 1900. British astronomers had confirmed his general theory of relativity, making him internationally famous in late 1919. Welcomed by the British people, who helped him campaign against Nazi anti-Semitism, he even intended to become a British citizen. So why did Einstein then leave Britain in 1933, never to return to Europe?
Please note due to the popularity of this event the venue has been changed from that previously listed and will now take place in The Library at Conway Hall.
FREE – but pre-booking is recommended