INTRODUCTION

If Einstein were to enter your room at a party, and introduced as someone about whom you knew nothing, you would certainly, according to his friend Leopold Infeld, be charmed and fascinated by the brilliance of his eyes, by his shyness and gentleness, by his delightful sense of humor, and by the fact that he can twist platitudes into wisdom. You would feel that before you stands a man who thinks for himself.

For several years, I have been giving popular talks on Einstein and relativity at libraries and schools. I noticed not only were audience members interested in Einstein’s physics, but also in his life and philosophy… his unique and often profound observations and feelings about many general-interest topics: family, aging, education, humankind, life, peace, politics, and so on.

During the enthusiastic questions and answers following each talk, I was intrigued and started to collect the most interesting questions. Wouldn’t it be great if Einstein himself were able to answer these contemporary questions? How could I channel the great man in such a way that his voice and words could answer them and satisfy these curious audience members.

Who IS our audience?  Good question. Certainly the local people who attended my talks were young adults, senior citizens, high school and college students, teachers, intelligent consumers of popular and informal science.  This to whom black holes matter!    

INTRODUCTION

If Einstein were to enter your room at a party, and introduced as someone about whom you knew nothing, you would certainly, according to his friend Leopold Infeld, be charmed and fascinated by the brilliance of his eyes, by his shyness and gentleness, by his delightful sense of humor, and by the fact that he can twist platitudes into wisdom. You would feel that before you stands a man who thinks for himself.

For several years, I have been giving popular talks on Einstein and relativity at libraries and schools. I noticed not only were audience members interested in Einstein’s physics, but also in his life and philosophy… his unique and often profound observations and feelings about many general-interest topics: family, aging, education, humankind, life, peace, politics, and so on.

During the enthusiastic questions and answers following each talk, I was intrigued and started to collect the most interesting questions. Wouldn’t it be great if Einstein himself were able to answer these contemporary questions? How could I channel the great man in such a way that his voice and words could answer them and satisfy these curious audience members.

Who IS our audience?  Good question. Certainly the local people who attended my talks were young adults, senior citizens, high school and college students, teachers, intelligent consumers of popular and informal science.  This to whom black holes matter!