Brownian motion? Pshaw, that's easy. Massive bodies warp space? Tell us something we don't know, pal. The passage of time is relative to speed? Umm...okaaaay. E=MC2? Look, can't we go back to talking about Brownian motion? That one we have nailed.

More than a century after Albert Einstein’s 1905 "miracle year," in which he created the Special Theory of Relativity, no one has published a book that can make the genius' work penetrable for the sort of slow-minded folk who enter non-science fields—newspaper people, for example. Sure, you can find a book called Su Doku For Dummies, and there's The Complete Idiot's Guide to Golf. (Second edition! What, was it too complicated the first time?) But light is both a particle and a wave? Excuse me, Al, but is that sort of like being both a candy and a breath mint? No? Well, then, is there anyone anywhere who can help a poor soul who, like Barbie, thinks math is hard? Perhaps the exhibit Einstein opening Saturday at the newly combined Museum of Nature & Science in Fair Park can do the trick—doubt it, but maybe. The exhibit includes facsimiles of some of Einstein's original manuscripts plus cool high-tech interactive displays demonstrating aspects of his work. They're suitable for kids, so journalism majors might be able to keep up too. An opening reception is scheduled at 6 p.m. Saturday at 1318 S. Second Ave. in Fair Park. Call 214-421-3466 for more info.
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