TV show focuses on famed physicist’s personal life
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Albert Einstein was a master of physics, but his talent in personal relationships was decidedly underdeveloped. A new 10-episode series, Genius, airing on the National Geographic Channel, focuses on the facets of Einstein’s life where he was anything but a virtuoso.
Genius is a dramatization, not a documentary. The series reveals the human side of the famously brainy physicist — through Einstein’s numerous romantic liaisons and his reactions to world political events, including two world wars and his departure from Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, although Einstein’s personal life reveals insights into his character, Genius ends up sacrificing science for the sensational. The first episode, for instance, opens with a murder followed by a sex scene.
Viewers shouldn’t expect to learn much about the science of Einstein’s discoveries, at least based on the first