Why 2016 was the year of Einstein

From Pokémon to paintings, the beloved genius' influence could be found everywhere.

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Everyone's favorite scientist may have helped create everyone's favorite new game. Everyone's favorite scientist may have helped create everyone's favorite new game. (Photo: Getty Images/Twitter)

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How Einstein helped bring us Pokemon Go

The Pokémon Go craze launched like a rocket this summer and, few people know, we have Einstein to thank for the technology behind it. The app uses GPS technology, which was first introduced decades ago by the Princeton physicist. "Little did he know it would be put to this use," said Izzy Kasdin, the executive director of the Historical Society of Princeton, which hosts a permanent exhibition on the beloved genius. Asked if her museum would become a PokeStop location, she offered a one-word answer that starts with "P" and is not Pokémon: "Potentially."

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