Einstein said, "Once you accept that the Universe is matter expanding into nothing, wearing stripes with plaid becomes easy".
This musical channels the iconic genius of the twentieth century in his own words, his role in the development of General Relativity, his ambivalence about the creation of the atomic bomb, his earthy humor, and his famous indifference to fame as fake news. The greatest invention of all time, he insisted, was "compound interest". And the hardest thing to understand "is the U.S. income tax."
Time and space are fluid onstage, moving between the present; the mid-fifties; World War Two; Einstein’s celebrity tour of the United States in 1921; his four key papers in 1905 (each worthy of a Nobel); the 1930s when nuclear physics research is robust; the recent discovery of gravitational waves.
Guest stars appearing in cameo roles include: Enrico Fermi, Leo Szilard, Edward Teller, Eugene Wigner, Neils Bohr, Johnny von Neumann, and J. Robert Oppenheimer.
The author learned Relativity from Professor Banesh Hoffmann, colleague and friend of Albert Einstein, and co-author of the Einstein Infeld Hoffmann equations of motion, jointly derived by Albert Einstein, Leopold Infeld and Banesh Hoffmann. (These are the differential equations of motion describing the approximate dynamics of a system of point-like masses due to their mutual gravitational interactions, including general relativistic effects.)
Dr. Rosen, trained in nuclear astrophyics, is the author of best-seller "Future Facts", "Career Renewal", and a memoir, "Youth, Middle-Age, and You-Look Great". He has been a life-long admirer of Einstein and General Relativity, lecturing to popular audiences since the confirmed LIGO detection of gravitational waves in 2016.