14 March

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Albert Einstein Was Born Today

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The father of modern physics, Albert Einstein, was born in Ulm, Germany, to Jewish parents, on this day in 1879.

Creator of the special theory of relativity, and the world's most superficially simple but intellectually brain-exploding equation, E=MC2, he was also the father of the atom bomb, and would for ever regret his decision to become involved in the project.

On his death, Einstein's body was cremated, but the pathologist took it upon himself to remove and preserve his brain for future study. Tests have failed to find any conclusive differences between his brain and other people's - if anything, it may be slightly smaller - but it still seems appropriate to toast Albert and his cranial mass with a Brainstorm.

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