(22S1) Albert Einstein, Scientific Publishing, and One Family’s Journey (11, 18 May 2022)

May 11th, 2022 - May 18th, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


Jeff Metzger’s maternal family founded Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft, which played an important role in scientific publishing in Germany in the early 20th century.  It published many of the world’s most important scientists, including Nobel laureates Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Werner Heisenberg, Max von Laue, Wilhelm Ostwald and Svante Arrhenius.  Follow Jeff’s fascinating story of Einstein’s earliest still-existing manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity, considered “lost” for many years; Jeff’s family’s escape from Nazi Germany on a very unlikely route through Russia and Japan to the United States; the “rediscovery” of the manuscript years later; and the establishment of Academic Press, which became a very important scientific publishing house in the United States.  This discussion includes a historical, albeit non-technical, discussion of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.  Jeff will also show interesting artifacts related to the manuscript.

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Jeffrey Metzger is an attorney who worked for the US Department of Justice, in private law practice, and most recently for a Fortune 500 company.  Jeff teaches courses on historical subjects in various venues.  He is interested in immigration issues and serves as a director of the nonprofit US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.