You don’t have to be you-know-who to make an engaging CD-ROM about the 20th century’s most important scientist: Just follow the elegant simplicity of the man’s ideas and let his work speak for itself. Unfortunately, The Ultimate Einstein’s makers chose to explicate Albert by piling on the multimedia sludge: choppy, PBS-style demos of black holes and gravitational waves; hard- to-follow time lines; and, most inexcusably, dramatizations of Einstein’s ideas by an actor in a fright wig. On the plus side, the full text of Einstein’s two autobiographies is included. Thanks to the rocket-scientist programmers, though, a single click of the mouse advances you two pages at a time. C-
Posted February 23 1996 — 12:00 AM EST
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