Lead:  After fifteen years of relative obscurity Albert Einstein emerged as a public figure of great fascination to millions of people. He was, however, a most curious superstar.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In November, 1919 the Royal Society of London announced that a team of astronomers had photographed a total solar eclipse on Principe (Prin-ce-pe) Island in the Gulf of Guinea off the western coast of Africa. Their calculations confirmed the general theory of relativity formulated by a little-known German physicist, Albert Einstein. Einstein had asserted that Isaac Newton's description of gravity as a force was inaccurate. Gravitation, according to Einstein, was a curved field created by the presence of matter. The British astronomers confirmed this theory by demonstrating that starlight passing close to the sun on its way to the earth would be bent by the gravitational pull of the sun.

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