An entertaining blend of science, storytelling, humor,
advice, and wisdom, through the voice of a beloved and renowned scientist.
With his brilliant whimsical mind and first-rate temperament,
he invigorated civilization and exploded physics.
“Reality is an illusion,” he insisted, “albeit a persistent one.”
Education consultant Virginia Mattingly says:
Albert Einstein Returns is a website created by physicist and author Dr. Steve Rosen. With a range of material, from primary and secondary resources to Rosen’s own Einstein avatar, the site is both entertaining and informative.
Middle and high school teachers are invited to bring Albert Einstein Returns into their classes to support history, and English content and skills. Included here are a variety of activities for four of the site’s sections: FAME, GENIUS, DEAR DR. EINSTEIN, and COMEDY.
- What patterns emerge about people’s response to Einstein? Give two examples. What is your theory about why both groups adored him?
- Consider Elon Musk’s press coverage today, then compare and contrast his treatment by the press to that of Einstein. What similarities do you find? What makes both men so appealing to the general public? What differences do you find?
- Both Elon Musk and Albert Einstein are white men. Do you feel that this has anything to do with their abundant press coverage? Why or why not?
- Write a persuasive essay about another notable scientist (contemporary or historic) who is overlooked from the “royal treatment.” Make your case about why s/he deserves recognition. Propose sample headlines to capture the public’s attention about his/her achievements.
BEFORE reading the section, have students write about how the GPS in cell phones works. How does your phone “know” where you are? They shouldn’t do any research — just write their best explanation, as logically or fantastically as they want. When done, have students read the section and then add to their explanation. Einstein thought in pictures, so have them include an illustration that helps explain how GPS works.
If they are still left with questions, these resources can help:
In your own words, how does your phone “honor” Einstein? Include at least one quote from the section to support your ideas.
DEAR DR. EINSTEIN
Einstein Q&A Social: BEFORE students read the section, have them write at least three questions they would like to ask Albert Einstein. When done, have them explore the section and answer their questions as Einstein. In some cases they will find their question, in which case they should summarize Einstein’s views on the topic. In other cases, students will need to read related questions to determine Einstein’s probable response to their questions.
What are three things that you learned about Einstein from his advice? Describe each in your own words. Use at least one quote to support your ideas.
Einstein Q&A Science: Imagine you have been tasked with explaining one of Einstein’s discoveries for your peers. Create a short lesson or video that both explains and shows (through demonstration, illustration, etc.) the concept. Also include why Einstein’s discovery is important. Use the explanations here, as well as others on the Resources page.
Throughout the site, and particularly in COMEDY/Songs, Steve Rosen has included several songs with lyrics that he has rewritten with Einstein in mind. CLICK FOR COMEDY SECTION
Identify one idea or event that you learned from the site, and write your own lyrics about it to a song of your choice. For example, can you write lyrics that explain how your cell phone “honors” Einstein (Genius)? Can you write lyrics that give social advice from Einstein’s perspective (Dear Dr. Einstein)? Can you write lyrics that include a variety of Einstein’s famous quotes?
Select one of Rosen’s songs and create a music video to accompany it.
Einstein lived well before the days of TikTok. Create a TikTok video (no more than one minute) that is inspired by Einstein. Include a written explanation of your video: what does it teach, and how and why did you choose to express it in this way?