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He's a Brainiac 

Great Lakes Science Center puts on its thinking cap for all things Einstein.

The genius underneath the disheveled hair gets a little respect as the Great Lakes Science Center continues its Einstein exhibit through the Labor Day weekend. The collection covers every aspect of the scientist's research, from his theory of relativity to magnetism, all chronicled in personal letters that were sometimes written during turbulent times. "It's actually a nice juxtaposition of letters that show his sense of humor and what he went through with his divorce, which he was going through when he was putting the final touches on some of his most groundbreaking work," says Dante Centuori, the museum's education director. "It's amazing that he was able to compartmentalize all this stuff and still make huge intellectual leaps, with problems at home."Part of the exhibition's objective is to help clueless observers learn more about science. On one leg of the exhibit, you'll read about feeling inertia, like when you lurch forward as a car suddenly stops. Further on, you'll see how gravity can bend light. Einstein's research on the subjects helped propel him to the top of the celebrity A-list back in the day. "We try to break down some of the harder-to-understand parts," says Centuori. "You really have two sides to the story, though: the science and the man. But they go hand in hand." The exhibit is on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Tuesday, September 2, at the Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Avenue. Admission is $5.50 to $17.95. Call 216-694-2000 or visit
June 29-Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2008

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