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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