"for his discovery of…"
The exhibition focuses on the young Einstein, and treats three aspects of his life: the Person, the Physics, and the Nobel Prize.
The starting point is the year 1905, when Einstein – then only 26 years old – presents three groundbreaking theories. It continues, chronicling the years thereafter when he slowly works on his theory of curved space: General Relativity, which is to make him famous in 1919. The period ends when Einstein is awarded the Nobel Prize and visits Sweden in 1922.
Through this choice of period, 1905–1925, the Nobel Museum wishes to nuance the common image of Einstein as the reclusive genius with wild hair. Instead the goal is to approach the young and curious Einstein, who with his already then extensive network was well involved in the current discussions of physics. During the period depicted in the exhibition Einstein is immensely productive and interested in many things besides theoretical physics. He spends his time playing the violin and inventing practical things: two of his patents on refrigerators are bought by Swedish company Electrolux.
Which events during these years are important for his career as a physicist? How does the private individual Albert Einstein develop? What happened behind the scens when he was awarded the Nobel Prize? The exhibition looks for answers about the man behind the myth.