Albert Einstein Memorial
Located in the National Science Federation front gardens on Constitution Avenue, this larger than life memorial to Albert Einstein is located near the Lincoln Memorial and worth the few minutes it takes to visit. The bronze figure, weighing approximately 4 tons, is 12 feet in height.
The star map at the statue's base—a 28-foot field of emerald pearl granite from Larvik, Norway—is embedded with more than 2,700 metal studs representing the planets, sun, moon, stars, and other celestial objects.
This isn’t an enormous memorial in the same way as the presidential memorials, however, its a fun statue and worth crossing over from the mall to ponder a few theories and grab a quick, smart photo op.
Things to See & Do
In its left hand, the figure holds a paper with mathematical equations summarizing three of Einstein's most important scientific contributions: the photoelectric effect, the theory of general relativity, and the equivalence of energy and matter.
Three quotations from Einstein are engraved on the bench where the figure is seated:
Look for the stars map which is embedded with more than 2,700 metal studs representing the planets, sun, moon, stars, and other celestial objects accurately positioned by astronomers from the U.S. Naval Observatory.
Kids will love the huge statue and the star maps.
It's easy to climb up and pose on his lap for a photo op. Climbing is encouraged!
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