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Albert Einstein's Worldview

Lecture by Physicist Hanoch Gutfreund on May 16 at Freie Universität / 13th Einstein Lecture Dahlem

№ 111/2013 from May 13, 2013

The head of the academic committee of the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ), Hanoch Gutfreund, will give a lecture on May 16, 2013, dealing with Albert Einstein’s worldview. In the lecture entitled "The Universal and the Particular in Einstein’s Worldview," Gutfreund, Professor Emeritus in Theoretical Physics at HUJ, will elaborate on Einstein’s attempts to cope with apparent contradictions between the universal and the particular. Gutfreund will refer to both Einstein’s scientific studies on the basic elements of nature as well as his private observations and considerations. The public lecture is part of the Einstein Lecture Dahlem series. The lecture will be given in English. Admission is free.

With his scientific activities during the first half of the 20th century, Albert Einstein profoundly influenced our current understanding of the physical world. At the same time, in numerous articles, public addresses, and extensive correspondence, he expressed his views on all the important contemporary moral, cultural, spiritual, and sociopolitical issues with courage and conviction. His ideas, opinions, and actions on diverse topics combine into a coherent worldview.

Hanoch Gutfreund is Professor Emeritus in Theoretical Physics at HUJ. His research has focused on the physical properties of condensed matter, statistical mechanics, and computational neuroscience. At HUJ he served on a number of academic positions. These included: Chairman of the Institute of Physics, rector, and president. Gutfreund is a founder of the Hebrew University Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation. As head of the academic committee of the Albert Einstein Archives at HUJ, he coordinates cultural, educational, and academic activities related to Einstein with partners around the world. Outside of HUJ, Gutfreund has been active in promoting science education and science understanding in Israeli society. At present he is chairman of the national Young Scientist Contest in Israel, of the Scientific Committee of the Jerusalem Science Museum, and of the Executive Committee of the Israel Science Foundation.

The Einstein Lectures Dahlem have been held at Freie Universität since the Einstein Year in 2005. They are addressed to students, scholars, and the interested public. The topics cover all the areas of science that Albert Einstein influenced through his work and thinking.

Time and Place

  • Thursday, May 16, 2013, 5 p.m.
  • Henry Ford Building, Freie Universität Berlin, Lecture Hall A, Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Thielplatz (U3)

Seating is limited. Please pre-register by sending an e-mail to

Further Information

Franca Brand, Division of International Affairs, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-73801, Email: