Sep 12, 2017 | By Tess

A prototype of the world’s first 3D printed book was recently unveiled at a commemorative gala in Montreal, Canada. The book, which readers may already know about, is entitled Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, and was created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s relativity theory.

Albert Einstein is one of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers and one of the world’s most influential physicists, so what better way to celebrate his theories and breakthroughs than with a book made using cutting-edge technologies which contains the thoughts of some of the most influential and innovative minds of the 21st century?

This was the general idea behind the Genius: 100 Visions of the Future initiative, which is being led by the Albert Einstein Foundation and the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The book, which features Einstein’s iconic face on the spine, was designed by Israeli artist and architect Ron Arad.

Inside the 3D printed book, one will find one-hundred laser-cut pages, each featuring a short ruminating text written by some of today’s “leading influencers, thinkers, artists, and scientists.” Contributors to the project include Frank Gehry, Barbra Streisand, Deepak Chopra, Craig and Marc Kielburger, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and many more.

Impressively, the book itself was not simply 3D printed, but was actually 3D printed in space, aboard the International Space Station. This incredible feat was achieved through cooperation with Soichi Noguchi, a Japanese aeronautical engineer and an astronaut for JAXA, as well as Yifat Sharon, who acted as Project Manager for the 3D Space Book initiative, and NASA. It is the first ever book to be 3D printed in space.

A prototype of the book was unveiled this past weekend at the “Celebrating a Century of Genius” gala, which was hosted in Montreal in collaboration with Lune Rouge. The weekend’s events included the Innovative Youth Forum, the “Genius 100: Innovation Summit,” the closing gala dinner, and more.

At the Innovation Summit, which took place on Sunday morning, a number of notable thinkers and innovators took up the stand, including astronaut Chris Hadfield, Paralympian Rick Hansen, Norwegian politician Gro Harlem Brundland, Japanese physicist Hitoshi Murayama, and others.

Sir Ken Robinson, Monette Malewski, Obiageli Ezekwesili, and Deepak Chopra at the event

The closing dinner took place at MTL Grande and was hosted by Daniel Ferguson, the writer and producer of an upcoming film about Einstein (Einstein’s Incredible Universe) and Lorraine Pintal, director of the Theatre du Nouveau Monde, a theater company based in Montreal.

"We are truly humbled and honoured to be surrounded by so many of the world's visionaries who were able to join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Albert Einstein,” commented Monette Malewski, co-chair of the event. "It truly speaks to the relevance of Einstein and the importance of fostering the next generation of brilliant minds."



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