1 (1879–1955), US theoretical physicist; born in Germany; founder of the special and general theories of relativity. Often regarded as the greatest scientist of the 20th century, he was influential in the decision to build an atomic bomb. After World War II, however, he spoke out against nuclear weapons.
1.1 (as noun an Einstein) A genius.
- But people often ask the question: do I have to be an Einstein to become a physicist?
- The politically correct explanation for the dearth of female Newtons and Einsteins is that female geniuses have been ‘oppressed’ by the usual conspiracy of white males, and by the very institution of civilization itself.
- A highly learned and well-read man, he was one of those eccentric geniuses, the cracked Einsteins, who come across as being totally and utterly insane.
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