Tie, in a suit and with the characteristic hairstyle and mustache, a theatrical version of the scientist Albert Einstein returned this Monday to Zaragoza to remember your visit to the city a hundred years agowhen he gave two lectures at the Faculty of Medicine and Sciences and got to know a little about the scientific and cultural life of the Aragonese capital.
And a busy schedule also awaits the actor from the company Los Navegantes Jesús Pescador, who embodies the author of the theory of relativity, and who was received in the Auditorium itself as if it were the scientific celebrity by authorities such as the rector of the University of Zaragoza, José Antonio Mayoral; the deputy mayor, Sara Fernández; or the Government delegate in Aragon, Rosa Serrano.
“Good morning everyone, don’t worry, I won’t speak German, because the hundred years that have passed since my visit here have allowed me to learn a little Spanish”, said the jocular Einstein while speaking at this meeting, which students from the Goya Institute also attended, as representatives of the hundreds of students who participate in these scientific dissemination conferences.
In his speech, the German physicist recalled the honor it was to meet his contemporary Santiago Ramón y Cajal and, visibly moved, it was even ripped off with a monkey: “Don’t be surprised if Albert Einstein cries, on this day, to return to Zaragoza.”
In fact, it is said that during his visit he played the violin at a party at the German consulate and He got emotional when he heard two joteras sing. He also visited El Pilar, the Cathedral of La Seo, the Aljafería or La Lonja.
“A hundred years ago there was already a package tour because In fifty hours Einstein traveled all over Zaragoza”joked the deputy mayor, whose institution collaborates through twelve guided tours, ten of which are for high school students and two for the general public, which will take place until the end of the month, organized by Zaragoza Turismo.
From the Ministry of Science and Innovation, César López, head of the Dissemination Unit, stated that “at a time when there was no television and cinema was silent, Einstein managed to become an iconic and popular figure. thanks in part to the tours he has done around the world, with stops in the United States, Japan, China, Argentina and Spain, where, in addition to Zaragoza, he also visited Madrid and Barcelona.
“Many of those who filled the rooms that Einstein used to give his lectures, perhaps did not quite understand what the theory of relativity was, but they managed to Stimulate your curiosity about science and that is what all of us who dedicate ourselves to social communication and science seek in some way”, he added.
The dean emphasized that the researcher’s visit to Zaragoza demonstrates “that even at that time the level of science being carried out at this university was good enough to attract renowned scientists” and invited participants to pay attention to the statue that presides over the steps of the Auditorium , by Santiago Ramón y Cajal.
for mayor, it was lucky they metas they are “two of the scientists whose discoveries over a century ago continue to influence the development of technologies”.
In fact, as pointed out by the representative of the scientific commission that organized these Extension Days, Fernando Bartolomé, to recalls that “his work is more alive than ever” They turned to specialists from various parts of Spain “who continue to work on the issues that Einstein raised at the international level”.
A program with leading experts
Thus, distinguished guest speakers from the Balearic Islands, Seville, Bilbao and Zaragoza will analyze Einstein’s scientific legacy and the historical background in meetings for which registration is open and which will be this monday and tuesday afternoonbetween 17:00 and 20:00 in the Auditorium.
this afternoon monday the 13th Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Zaragoza Julián Casanova and Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of the Balearic Islands, Alicia Sintes Olives, leader of the only Spanish team that participated in the discovery of gravitational waves (LIGO Collaboration), will participate.
He tuesday the 14th March, mathematician from the University of the Basque Country Marta Macho Stadler, promoter and editor of the website Mulheres com Ciência, will participate with the lecture under the gender perspective ‘The hypothetical life of Matilda Einstein’; Professor of Theoretical Physics and director of the
Center for Astroparticles and High Energy Physics, Manuel Asorey, with ‘Gravity, one of the most beautiful theories ever formulated’and Professor of Physics and Chemistry Javier Turrión, author of several books on Einstein, who will illustrate his stay in Zaragoza.
The lectures will be closed by the CSIC researcher Fernando Bartolomé, with the theme ‘Einstein, Rocasolano and the Zaragoza Biochemical Research Laboratory’, in an afternoon in which the cartoonist Daniel García Nieto will also intervene, to present ‘Einstein: comic and visual thinking about the Secundário’ and which will end with a dramatized reading of the monologue Einstein and the Dodô, by actor Ricardo Joven, in collaboration with the Festival de Teatro e Ciência Ensaio.
In addition, the sessions include the lectures for high school students ‘Talking to Einstein’, a video contest; theater performances, a dramatized dinner or the exhibition ‘Einstein and Aragonese science, available at the Museum of Natural Sciences (Auditorium) until June 1st.