In 1923, Albert Einstein had recently won the Nobel Prize in physics and his theory of relativity was still shaking up the scientific world. This film, made in two versions -- two reels for theaters and four reels for colleges -- attempted to make Einstein's theory of relativity accessible to the masses. Professor Garrett P. Serviss helped out with the scientific end, and Miles Fadman brought film over to the States from Germany, while Max Fleisher created animated diagrams. (Although Fleischer is best known for his imaginative, often brilliant cartoon work, he also worked on a number of serious endeavors, this film being one of them.) This trio used parallels in everyday life concerning time, space, and distance to make the theory comprehensible. While this only gave filmgoers the most shallow of interpretations, it left them with a vague idea of the theory that so confounded big minds in the early part of the 20th century.
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