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What is genius? How is it recognized? National Geographic's dramatic series Genius explores these questions through the life of a man universally acclaimed for his intellect: Albert Einstein. From a somewhat bored and distracted student emerged the man who not only developed the most famous formula of his time, e=mc2, but also advanced the acceptance of theoretical physics. The series follows Einstein beyond his academic acumen and reveals to viewers the wider story of a complete man—husband, lover, father, theorist, professor, and friend.


This discussion guide helps the viewer understand the social and political context of Einstein’s life, including the rise of Nazi Germany, World War II, the development of nuclear weapons, and the Cold War. Viewers are also invited to reflect upon Einstein's natural flaws alongside his genius and ultimately appreciate his truly remarkable life.


Genius - Discussion Guide