Michael D Gordin
Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Princeton University

Michael D Gordin is the Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History and the director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University in New Jersey. His latest book is Einstein in Bohemia (2020). 

Written by Michael D Gordin

Albert Einstein’s original passport. Photo by Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty

Essay/
Race and ethnicity
Identifying Einstein

For Albert Einstein, being Jewish and German were not questions of identity but rather mutable matters of identification

Michael D Gordin

Photo by Benjamin Couprie/Wikimedia. Color by Sanna Dullaway

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Language and linguistics
Absolute English

Science once communicated in a polyglot of tongues, but now English rules alone. How did this happen – and at what cost?

Michael D Gordin