Einstein in Oxford


Einstein's Oxford

A ‘Barbarian on the Roam’

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 Thursday 26 September 2024


 At the Weston Library

  Free, booking essential

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About the event 

Albert Einstein’s blackboard about the universe, chalked in Oxford, is the most popular object in the History of Science Museum. Less well known is his comic handwritten Oxford poem in the Bodleian, describing himself as a ‘barbarian’ on the ‘roam’. He lived in Oxford for periods in 1931, 1932 and 1933—latterly as a refugee from Nazism—participating in its science, music and politics, and wandering about its centre alone.

Einstein and 1930s Oxford were exquisitely matched and ill-matched, as this talk’s intimate and unfamiliar stories will reveal, thereby casting fresh light on why Einstein is the world’s most famous scientist.


Andrew Robinson has written some 25 books, including three on Einstein, as well as articles and reviews on Einstein for leading magazines and newspapers. His Einstein in Oxford—the first book on this subject—will be published by Bodleian Library Publishing on 12 September 2024.

  Tickets and booking information

This talk takes place in person at the Weston Library. Tickets are free, but booking is essential. Once you have booked your place, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.

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Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

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 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.

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