Einstein’s Blackboard

I’ve actually known about the blackboard in a certain seminar room in the School of Physics for quite some time now, and I’ve been meaning on going there and photographing it for almost as long. Well, finally I figured there’s no time like the present, so I took 10 minutes out of my day to go and take some snaps. Purely because I could.

Unfortunately, the blackboard also seems to be housed behind some of the most reflective glass known to humanity, which isn’t too helpful when you’re without a polarising filter…


At risk of verging on hero worship, it’s actually rather humbling to know that Einstein himself wrote these words. It’s just a pity I can’t read German, so I don’t really understand what’s been written.


I hadn’t actually intended on photographing myself… But it’s not a bad shot, so I figured I’d keep it. Pesky reflective glass…

My little exeunt, incidentally, was prompted by local chemistry hero, Martyn Poliakoff’s recent video…

In case you’ve somehow missed the phenomenon that is Periodic Videos, I’d highly recommend you go there and check out some of the others!

(And yes, Periodic Videos is filmed in the same School of Chemistry where I work.)

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16 Responses to Einstein’s Blackboard

  1. invaderxan says:

    Re: I used to think I was above the trappings of fandom
    :)
    I think it all depends on who that person was and precisely what they mean to you. If it was someone important enough, I think said little tingle is, after all, only human.

  2. invaderxan says:

    Oh wow! Thank you very much. :)
    Sounds pretty much as he says in the video actually, it’s kind of a “menu” board of topics he obviously covered in the lecture. It would’ve been fascinating to see, but I would doubtless have understood next to nothing!
    Not just neat, but really rather humbling…

  3. maxdwolf says:

    Re: I used to think I was above the trappings of fandom
    Woops, forgot to sign in.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I used to think I was above the trappings of fandom
    I never saw the point of gathering items related to or branded by a band or person just because I liked their music or the movies they were in (though I will admit to having had a Bruce Lee poster). But I’ve found in later years that I do get a little tingle around items like this.

  5. So neat!
    The german translates something like:
    1st board:
    Preliminary notes
    Concept of bodies
    (then stuff I can’t read)
    the 2nd board is tougher to read, so it has a bit about:
    Newton’s Space
    Field term/ideas
    Special Relativity Theory
    General Relativity Theory & sthg. I can’t read
    Uniform Field Theory
    (I can’t hear the video so I don’t know what’s going on there).
    Anyway, that’s super neat!!

  6. nimblenimbus says:

    You’re well on your way, if you’re not there already.

  7. invaderxan says:

    I suspect it’s rather old glass!
    What’s more, I’d imagine the School of Physics don’t see much reason to replace it with anything newer…

  8. invaderxan says:

    :)
    Autographed by Einstein, no less!

  9. invaderxan says:

    Why thank you. :)
    It seems somehow slightly crazier than normal in that shot actually…

  10. invaderxan says:

    Having funky hair is actually a prerequisite to being a mad scientist, don’tcha know…:P

  11. 6_bleen_7 says:

    Weird—art exhibitors have been using glass that’s nearly impossible to see for years and years, now.

  12. Totally cool!
    If that you in the reflection? Nice!

  13. nimblenimbus says:

    Actually, all featured hair is pretty nice.

  14. Your hair is pretty awesome, incidentally. :)

  15. nimblenimbus says:

    Additionally, I am in love with his hair.

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