Albert Einstein was a genius, but he wasn’t the only one – how has his name come to mean something superhuman?
He was eccentric, sure, but so were Tesla, Brahe, and Buckminster Fuller; his contributions to science fundamental, but so were Curie’s, Hubble’s and Newton’s. This raises the question: Why is Einstein the poster boy for genius?
"There’s no doubt that Einstein’s contributions to science were revolutionary. Before he came along, cosmology was a part of philosophy but, thanks to him, it’s become a branch of science, tasked with no less than a mathematical history and evolution of the Universe. Einstein’s work also led to the discovery of exotic physical phenomena such as black holes, gravitational waves, quantum entanglement, the Big Bang, and the Higgs boson. But despite this formidable scientific legacy, Einstein’s fame owes something more to our culture’s obsession with celebrity."