By József Illy
In 1919, newspaper headlines stated British day trip had proven Einstein's basic conception of relativity. the inside track stirred the general public mind's eye on either side of the Atlantic and thrust the scientist into the highlight of status.
Two years later, Chaim Weizmann led a fund-raising undertaking to the us and invited Einstein to hitch it. The project traveled to ny, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Hartford to crusade for public knowledge and help of the Hebrew college of Jerusalem. This introduced Einstein in the grab of the yankee media. His lectures brought in big apple, Princeton, and Chicago, and reviews at the Jewish presence in Palestine, made Einstein, on his first journey to the USA, one of many first media stars. In Albert Meets the United States, József Illy provides a desirable compilation of media tales of Einstein's travel -- which disguise his technological know-how, his Zionism, and the anti-Semitism he encountered. As we commute with Einstein, from headline to headline, we event his emotional reference to American Jews and his frustration at turning into global recognized even if his theories weren't really understood.
This intriguing assortment offers readers an intimate glimpse into the lifetime of one of many world's first sleek celebrities and a different knowing of the media's energy over either its topic and its audience.
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Hylan, which had been placed at their disposal by Mayor Hylan. They were taken to the Dock Department pier at the Battery, and then, under police escort, to the Hotel Commodore. [Here follows Einstein’s statement on his mission in the United States, which is on pp. ] Professor Einstein is a member of the Academy of Science of Berlin, and also a professor at the University of Leyden, Holland. He was born in 1879. In 1902 he entered the Swiss patent ofﬁce. D. of Zurich. Since 1913, Professor Einstein, though a Swiss citizen, held a privileged position at the Berlin Academy of Science.
Weizmann had been doing Zionist work all during the period, and he was known in Zionist ranks as the advocate of a project to found a Jewish University in Jerusalem. After the Balfour Declaration, when England had conquered Palestine, and he had interested a number of people in the University project, he acquired land for the University on Mt. Scopus and Prof. Einstein Here (April 2–3) ) 39 laid there the foundations of the Hebrew University, the science branch of which it is expected will be opened by the end of this year.
A meeting also will be held at the Metropolitan Opera House on April 10. Professor Einstein will not touch on relativity at these meetings, but it is expected that before he leaves the city he will speak before some scientiﬁc gathering at which he will discuss his discovery. The New York Times, April 3, pp. 1, 13. Other members of the delegation were Solomon Ginzberg (later Shlomo Ginossar), son of the famous Jewish philosopher Asher Ginzberg (later Achad Ha’am) and secretary of the University Fund and (on this occasion) Einstein’s personal secretary,; Gerson Agronsky, head of the Zionist Commission Press Bureau; and Weizmann’s personal assistant, Leonard Stern.