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EINSTEIN LECTURES

21. May - 30. September 2005

Overview
Although the Einstein Exhibition places a brilliant scientist at its focus, it does not intend to relate a hero's tale. It is more an exercise in presenting the adventure of scientific research and its history in an attractive and understandable style to as wide a public as possible. The scientific achievements of Einstein and their significance for modern science are to be illustrated in their cultural and social context and Einstein's key role in shaping the world view of the modern age is to be highlighted. Beginning with Einstein's trail-blazing theoretical work, both the change in historical world views and the conditions of scientific development are explained. At the same time, Albert Einstein's convoluted path through life taken by Albert Einstein is illuminated against the background of the political and social upheavals of his time. This bridging of the gap between science and cultural history is designed to open up to the visitor a perspective on the biography of Einstein that extends beyond the traditionalimage of abrilliant and exceptionalscientist. As a result of this approach to the communication of knowledge within its historical context, the exhibition strives to make a meaningful contribution to the promotion of a public culture of science and to help disperse blind and unquestioning faith in science and irrational antagonism toward science. The central criterion of success for the exhibition is the maintenance of a balance between historical reflection on successive changes in world views, information on the life and work of Einstein and how these themes relate to challenges that we face today. The exhibition is therefore split up into three sections:
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