Background: In September 2007, following the PBS Ombudsman’s upholding of my complaint about the numerous errors and misconceptions in the “Einstein’s Wife” film and the accompanying website, a completely revised website was posted, written by Andrea Gabor, and the links to the school lesson plans have now been removed from the website. (Unfortunately Andrea Gabor’s own writings on this subject leave a great deal to be desired.) Following my sending PBS a list of errors and misconceptions on the revised website, a couple of items were amended in October 2007, but most of the dubious material remains. Below is an examination of the current “Einstein’s Wife” website, as of November 2007.
Claims regarding Einstein’s wife’s contribution to relativity are not consensus and are not well-founded. Most sources in online circles lead back to a PBS documentary (women in science’s article being among them), and PBS has since acknowledged that the information was erroneous.
Here’s the recommendation upheld by PBS.
Galaxy Quest (1999)
I had originally not wanted to see Galaxy Quest because I heard that it was making fun of Star Trek. Then Jonathan Frakes rang me up and said ‘You must not miss this movie! See it on a Saturday night in a full theater.’ And I did, and of course I found it was brilliant. Brilliant. No one laughed louder or longer in the cinema than I did. - Patrick Stewart