Albert Einstein is hands-down the most famous scientist who ever lived, and one of the most famous people in history. His contributions to physics sparked one of history's greatest scientific revolutions, and fundamentally changed the way we look at the world. He has set the bar for what we consider a "genius."
That said, "under appreciated" seems like the last thing that would describe Einstein; and yet, it seems that most people, including most physics, aren't quite aware of just how great Einstein was. A new book by Douglas Stone, a professor of physics at Yale University, shows that Einstein made even more contributions to science than we give him credit for, particularly to the field of quantum mechanics. Stone, a quantum physicist himself, argues that many of those contributions are Nobel Prize worthy.
Perhaps the strangest part of this tale is that it was Einstein himself who wanted to downplay his work.Listen to the podcast
to hear my interview with Stone about his book Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian.
Correction: The podcast states that Einstein's theory of relativity was tested during an eclipse. It is the Sun's gravity, not the Earth's, that is responsible for bending the light. In addition, the photoelectric effect involves an atom's absorption of light and emittance of an electron—not more light.