Archive for June 7th, 2010
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Physicist, Nobel Laureate
Einstein was at a scientific meeting when a noted astronomer said, “To an astronomer, a man is nothing more than an insignificant dot in an infinite universe.”
“I’ve often felt that,” Einstein said,” But then realize that the insignificant dot who is a man is also the astronomer.”
When Einstein walked into a Washington meeting concerning Palestine, to applause unstinting from all present, he confided to his companion, “I think they ought to wait to hear what I say.”
Dr. Frank Aydelotte, the then President of Swarthmore College, once, invited Einstein as the guest of honor at a dinner.
When he was called upon to speak he said, “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m sorry but I’ve nothing to say.” The brief speech didn’t go well with the guests. Noticing this he arose again and added, “In case I do have something to say, I’ll come back.”
Six months later he wired Dr.Aydelotte, “Now I‘ve something to say.” Dr. Aydelotte promptly gave another dinner at which Einstein made his speech.
Prof. B.Hoffman, who was working on some relative theories of his own at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, one day called on Einstein at his residence. He explained the reason for his sudden visit. Einstein was willing to hear him and help him if he could. “Put the equations on the board,” the great man directed, “but please go slowly because I don’t understand things quickly.”(Ack: Jane Rosen- The Guardian)
His first wife Mileva Maric was four years older to him. They were together at Zurich Polytechnic Institute in 1896. At first she was his Muse who collaborated with him and actively helped him out in his research. How he arrived at the general Theory of Relativity step by step, in its original manuscript, is no longer extant. It poses a puzzling question: of this ground breaking Theory how much his first wife would have contributed?
One fact remains: The day after he received the Nobel Prize he was busy sending the proceeds to Maric and it might be the price of his freedom to marry his cousin Elsa. Theory of Relativity has stumped even scholars to explain in simple terms and his personal Relativity is no less puzzling to say the least.
He never saw his Serbian Muse after he fled for the US in 1933.