Albert Einstein

(1879–1955)

Albert Einstein

Anecdote 1...

Einstein and an assistant, having finished a paper, searched the office for a paper clip. They finally found one, too badly bent for use. They looked for an implement to straighten it, and after opening many more drawers came upon a whole box of clips. Einstein at once shaped one into a tool to straighten the bent clip. His assistant, puzzled, asked why he was doing this when there was a whole boxful of usable clips. “Once I am set on a goal it becomes difficult to deflect me,” said Einstein.

Quote-worthy...

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

~Albert Einstein

Anecdote 2...

The journal Scientific American once ran a competition for the best exposition of relativity in three thousand words. A prize of several thousand dollars was at stake. “I’m the only one in my entire circle of friends who is not entering,” remarked Einstein ruefully. “I don’t believe I could do it.”

Biographical Note: 

Albert Einstein was a German-born physicist of Jewish descent, who lived in the United States after Hitler’s accession to power in 1933. In 1905 Einstein published four papers that held revolutionary implications for physics. Among them was his special theory of relativity. In 1915 he published his general theory of relativity. He won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1921.