This week, I decided to write a review of the critically acclaimed series, Genius.
I was planning to write this article in a poetic way and display my admiration but then a little voice in my said “WWAD” which stands for “What Would Albert Do.” Well, for starters, he wouldn’t use poetic words that’s for sure because he used to look down on poetry.
The series got picked up by one of my favorite channels, National Geographic and what I massively love about this channel is that they only air raw stories, biographies, documentaries and so on. The series is a 10-episode story that revolves around the life of the one and only, Albert Einstein. I’ve been patiently waiting for this show to air because I’ve always been infatuated by his intelligence and him as a person as well. The people who admire Einstein already know that he used to be this intelligently magnificent, assertive human being who lacked social skills. As a matter of fact, before he became the most famous scientist, the Jews wanted him dead and they’ve tried several times to kill him but they never got the chance to and when he became THEE Albert Einstein they suddenly wanted him to rule them… As in, their actual president. However, Einstein refused to be placed in such a position because he himself stated that he lacked social skills, despised politics and to top that, he never really practiced his religion.
He married his first wife who was the love of his life, Mileva Maric, the only person who scored higher than him in the mathematics acceptance exam. I, myself was shocked by this information because who could possibly score higher than Einstein? He who conquered math and physics was a complete stranger to politics, French, and literature because he thought of them as nothing but a waste of time. Therefore, he pitied every single thing that had nothing to do with physics and math. For instance, his personal relationships…. According to my calculations, an estranged husband indeed he was. He only had two boys and he didn’t state a good example for them because he wasn’t there for them due to him not being a present husband/father in the first place. He was completely oblivious to the feelings of people that were around him. He was known for being a womanizer. Therefore, he cheated on his wife with his cousin… yes, you read that right… His cousin, and to make matters worse, she was his first cousin. You would think that it should’ve been vice versa but I guess the genius wanted to establish his own rules and so he did. Einstein believed that change isn’t always catastrophic. Therefore, people need to be more curious.
Insatiably curious is what we humans need to be. “I have no special talent. I’m only passionately curious.” Is a famous saying by Einstein and it is the most frequent Einstein saying I tend to use.
Some people feel nostalgic about their schooldays and I can guarantee you that Einstein was most certainly not one of those people because he thought that he was too smart to finish high school. Therefore, he didn’t… He had to risk it all and leave high school and his town even though he only had two years to finish school but he couldn’t bear another second of lunacy. I personally praise him for leaving school and trusting his guts. Einstein, the scientist who didn’t finish high school got accepted to a university because he passed the required exams with flying colors except the fields that he lacked knowledge in such as the ones I mentioned earlier in this article. When Einstein was faced with an audacious problem, an audacious solution is usually the answer and that’s what I admire about him the most. The world’s greatest scientist died at the age of 76 due to internal bleeding resulting from rupture of preexisting abdominal aortic aneurysm
During the autopsy, the pathologist, Thomas Stoltz Harvey, removed Einstein’s brain for preservation in the hope that the neuroscience of the future would be able to discover what made Einstein so intelligent. Nevertheless, Einstein’s remains were cremated and his ashes were scattered at an undisclosed location.
If you’re looking for a new knowledgeable TV-show to watch then this series is the one for you. I highly recommend this masterpiece for all of Einstein’s lovers and non-lovers (not a fan of the word hate).
Here’s the link for the entire series. Hope you enjoy every moment of it
Nada Alanazi / ندى العنزي