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Einstein Unveiled

CmdrTaco posted more than 11 years ago | from the who-was-that-man-in-the-stylish-brown-suit dept.

Science 261

John_Renne writes "One of the most well known scientists in the near history is Albert Einstein. Pictures of him can be found on allmost everything varying from lunchboxes to t-shirts and cartoons. On the other hand there's little knowledge of who Einstein really was and the human being behind the genius. This article tries to create a view of the inner Einstein. A nice read for everyone interested in the person inside the phenomenon."

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261 comments

hmmm (-1, Offtopic)

alta (1263) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801232)

I didn't care much for him myself.

hehe (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801234)

Does anyone know where I can get Einstein porn?

In soviet russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801235)

Einstein unveils j00!!!1

Werd to my dead grasshopper homies

This is the truth (-1, Troll)

TheBrownShow (454945) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801245)

Don't mod this down, I'm not trolling!

I swear that I heard he used to play with himself while he was teaching class!

Errr...yeah (-1, Informative)

PhysicsGenius (565228) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801248)

Physicists are now struggling toward a theory that would go beyond general relativity-a "theory of everything" that would unite gravity with the other forces of nature. Yet the quest is more of a homage to Einstein than a challenge, since Einstein himself worked-unsuccessfully, in the end-toward the same goal.

Einstein couldn't do it, therefore it couldn't be done? But we're going to try anyway, "in his memory"? What kind of stupid BS is this? We've gotten light-years (heh) ahead of where Al was back then, some of it despite his "help" (God does not play dice.)

exactly (5, Insightful)

tps12 (105590) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801530)

I think current physicists would rather try to pass their work off as some sort of homage than to come right out and admit that they're chasing a pipe dream.

Another thing that irks me is the whole idea of wanting to know what people like Einstein were "really like." This always results in a deluge of personal details, the publication of which is not only disrespectful of the dead but largely useless. I mean, he was a brilliant physicist: do I really need to read his poetry from when he was 15?

Re:exactly (1)

redfiche (621966) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801797)

Another thing that irks me is the whole idea of wanting to know what people like Einstein were "really like." This always results in a deluge of personal details, the publication of which is not only disrespectful of the dead but largely useless. I mean, he was a brilliant physicist: do I really need to read his poetry from when he was 15?

I couldn't agree more. I don't care what Einstein, or Newton was like as a person. I agree that it is important to remember that these guys were human, but all that takes is common sense, not exposure to their most private lives.

If you want to know what a brilliant phycisist is like, read Feynman. He wrote (with a ghost writer) about himself, volunteering the information.

Ha! The joke is on Einstein! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801249)

My hair is much prettier than this man's.

Meh (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801259)

it was just a bunch of Jewish physics

Re:Meh (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801293)

Oy veh! Ze jew moderators are quick on ze trigger!

Re:Meh (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801330)

Oy veh! Ze jew moderators are really quick on ze trigger!

Finally (5, Funny)

Xpilot (117961) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801264)

The topic matches the topic icon!

Beautiful! This is truly a Slashdot moment to cherish.

Re:Finally (5, Funny)

SkulkCU (137480) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801315)


This is truly a Slashdot moment to cherish.

Well, don't worry -- it'll probably happen again.

Very soon. *ahem* Sorry.

Re:Finally (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801397)

Wouldn't this icon [amazon.com] be more appropriate?

This is hilarous! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801827)

Please mod parent up as funny!

Re:Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801488)



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Re:Finally (5, Funny)

einstein (10761) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801552)

I wish it was a better picture. I look so grumpy.
--

"unknown"? (5, Funny)

cetan (61150) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801266)

On the other hand there's little knowledge of who Einstein really was and the human being behind the genius

You mean, aside from all the biographys written about him, the published letters to his children, the secret FBI file kept about him, etc etc.

BN returns rather a lot on the man, and a number of these items are not lunchboxes.
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/result s.asp?WRD=Einstein [barnesandnoble.com]

Re:"unknown"? Light article... (5, Informative)

RyoSaeba (627522) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801375)

I read a book on Einstein's life (i think it may simply have been called 'Einstein').
Well, the article forgets a whole lot of things, unless i have totally messed recollection of that book.

First, they don't even tell us Einstein got a Nobel Prize... and not even for relativity itself ! IIRC, he got it for explaining some optical phenomena (dual particle / light nature of photons)
Second, article forgets to tell that Israel did propose him to run for presidency there, which he declined.
Third, the 1919 experiment actually had MESSED UP results (that was found later) !!! So it didn't confirm Einstein's theory... which, granted, was confirmed later.
Fourth, Einstein introduced some constant in the relativity's equations so that the universe is static, which was his deep belief.

And don't forget his fun quote: God doesn't play with dice (i do think it's from him)

Re:"unknown"? Light article... (5, Informative)

guybarr (447727) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801588)

First, they don't even tell us Einstein got a Nobel Prize... and not even for relativity itself ! IIRC, he got it for explaining some optical phenomena (dual particle / light nature of photons)

Actually, the photoelectric effect was one of the basis of "old" QM and is well-deserving of a Nobel all by itself.

In fact, A.E. deserved at least 3 seperate Nobels : photo-electric effect, SRT, GRT (in reverse order of importance) are all Nobel-worthy just by themselves.

These are the ones I know of , very probably there are more.

However since they never give the Nobel more than once, indeed the Nobel should have been given to relativity theory.

Re:"unknown"? Light article... (5, Informative)

OldStash (630985) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801644)

Don't forget his fun quote: God doesn't play with dice

And don't forget this little uncertainty gem either:
"A mouse cannot change the universe just by looking at it." -A.E.

Or this beauty from his wife (Speaking with an astronomer boasting about his new telescope with which he "examines the workings of the universe"):
"Really? My husband uses the back of an old envelope."

Re:"unknown"? Light article... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801722)

> Second, article forgets to tell that Israel did
> propose him to run for presidency there, which
> he declined.

Is this important???

Afterall the right of existance of the state of Israel is still debated, depending on who you are listening to.

Re:"unknown"? Light article... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801767)

"I read a book on Einstein's life (i think it may simply have been called 'Einstein')."

Shit! I was wondering why my Einstein book entitled "Debussy - a life in music" didn't have much about Quantum Physics in it!

Re:"unknown"? Light article... (3, Informative)

Dua (213683) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801849)

Fourth, Einstein introduced some constant in the relativity's equations so that the universe is static, which was his deep belief.

This is the cosmological constant [uchicago.edu] , which he later abandoned (I think because it was realised that the Universe is expanding - previously they didn't think it was). It's now thought that this constant, which is associated with the energy density of vacuum, is associated with the dark matter (the existence of which has recently been verified [man.ac.uk] ) which is slowing the expansion of the Universe.

His abandoning of this idea is often called his greatest mistake.

Re:"unknown"? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801592)


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Didn't he get his start... (4, Funny)

TechnoLust (528463) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801268)

splitting beer atoms to make fizzy beer? You have to admire anyone who wants to make better beer. Oh, wait, that was just a movie. History, pop-culture, same difference. :-)

Re:Didn't he get his start... (2)

G-funk (22712) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801415)

Why lord why, did you have to bring that up? Every self-respecting australian has been trying to smother and deny any and all reference to that horrible horrible moment in film, and you just go and bring it all back, on slashdot of all places.....

Seriously bad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801491)

until Yahoo Serious [imdb.com] is tried for crimes against humanity, Autrailia, that haven of criminals and retrobates, cannot clear its good name!

Re:Didn't he get his start... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801638)


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Re:Didn't he get his start... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801672)

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Re:Didn't he get his start... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801687)

For the benefit of all who don't know this movie (and all the australians who have repressed all knowledge of it), it is: Young Einstein [imdb.com] , by Yahoo Serious.

Another movie by Yahoo Serious is Reckless Kelly [imdb.com] , about an Australian outlaw who wears a bucket on his head (a true story, almost).

Related Book (3, Informative)

TheFlyingGoat (161967) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801273)

I recently bought a book at a library used book sale called Einstein: The Human Side. I'm not sure who it's written by, but it's basically a collection of letters that Einstein wrote to family, friends, and others. He personally responded to many of the letters written to him, and this book tends to capture the more humorous and touching ones.

Re:Related Book (1)

splume (560873) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801349)

And you can find it here [amazon.com]

Re:Related Book (1)

TheFlyingGoat (161967) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801494)

Geez... I only paid $0.50 for it. I guess used book sales really are worth it. :)

Related Joke... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801286)

what's the smartest thing ever to come out of a girls mouth?

Re:Related Joke... (0, Troll)

the way, what're you (591901) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801400)

what's the smartest thing ever to come out of a girls mouth?

Marilyn vos Savant's dick?

Re:Related Joke... (1)

kin_korn_karn (466864) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801647)

I would have voted for "[kin_korn_karn] do me now"

The Einstein Scrapbook (5, Informative)

KingAdrock (115014) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801287)

The Einstein Scrapbook is also a very good read on the life of Einstein. It is mostly just a printing of all of his personal papers/essays/letters that he left to be archived at The Hebrew University.

Re:The Einstein Scrapbook (1)

splume (560873) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801369)

Here [amazon.com] it is at Amazon, $15.75

One of my favourite quotes from Einstein... (1)

little1973 (467075) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801288)

Today's most significant problems cannot be solved with the same level of thinking that created them.

Oops... this is the original... (2, Interesting)

little1973 (467075) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801334)

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved
at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." -Albert Einstein

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True Tales of Sexual Depravity : episode 9 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801292)

The Strange Case of Dr. van Cosel Buy the book! [amazon.com]



Sleep is death's brother. Your eyes are closed and the mind takes you on a journey to places that seem proverbial and oft times oblique. The only difference we see is that sleep refreshes and recharges, while death the other "sleep" disfigures and decomposes. To some the difference is obvious, but to some there is no difference.

It is hoped that death is not the end. After all we spend more time dead than alive. If it is the end then think of all that wasted time. Think of the forever's that slip through your fingers and the moments that you take for granted, because death, the cold sword that hangs above us by a hair, can drop at any time and we leave everyone behind, and of course we are just another mess that needs to be cleaned up and disposed of in a fiery pyre old a cold thankless hole.

Throughout literature there have been tales of madmen who for selfish reasons have tried to cheat death. But is it so mad to be the cheater of that unfair player in the game of Life? Death never plays fair so why should man? It is the moral dilemma. People will constantly fight about the issue. Even to the, dare we say it? Death.

The irony is, that you can have no enemies and still be murdered by a total stranger. You can avoid auto accidents and still die in a plane crash. You can avoid eating meat and still get e-coli poisoning in your water, you can refuse to open questionable packages and still be in a building targeted by a terrorist. You can even live in a place that doesn't have tornadoes and the first one in one hundred years can touch down in your city, right outside your window.

It just isn't fair. Just being human makes you vulnerable. The only solace you can have is that death doesn't hurt. Suffering only happens to the living. Not to the dead.

Sometimes the suffering is too much to bear. Suffering can make people do strange things. People spend outrageous sums of money for flowers, coffins, and virtual plastic surgery on a corpse to somehow keep the memory from being distorted. Bodies that lay in caskets to be viewed by loved ones are virtual wax dummy's to be put on display to either make a memory that never was, or to remove the shocking memory of the emergency room, or the day the body of was found all bloated and decayed at the bottom of the stairs. It's a sickening emphasis on keeping up appearances rather than the value of the person lying in state. We invest in temporary insanity when those around us die. Some of us do. Others remain insane.

One such man lived in Key West Florida in the 1930's. His name was Carl Van Cosel. Van Cosel was a respected bacteriologist who worked with patients who were suffering with tuberculosis. The disease at the time was incurable. Dr. Van Cosel worked with patients everyday that were beyond help. One of the patients was a beautiful Cuban girl named Elena Milagro de Hoyos.

Dr. Van Cosel fell in love with the young woman and tried everything in his power to save her, but three months later she died at the age of 22. Before her death Van Cosel tried everything to persuade the young woman to marry him.

He was so obsessed with her beauty that he ordered that a death mask be made of her face so that after she was buried he could look upon the face of his true love.

While at the cemetery he had heard that if the body of his true love was buried in the ground, it would be subject to deterioration from water seepage. Dr. Van Cosel was not about to allow such a travesty take place and so he paid to have a mausoleum built at her gravesite. Inside he placed Elena in a metal airtight coffin. The coffin had an incubator tank filled with formaldehyde in order to preserve the body. He also had a telephone placed in the mausoleum so that he could call Elena and talk to her. The sophisticated gravesite slowed her decomposition. The 56 year old Van Cosel became obsessed with taking care of the body of Elena and eventually quit is radiology job at the Hospital in order to make personal visits to the little stone crypt that he erected for his lost love.

He would pay nightly visits to his bride and soon the talk was going around about the mad Count Van Cosel and how he would visit his bride when the sun would set.

He kept a diary of his experiences and wrote of his happiness. He spoke of Elena as being alive and filling his life with joy. He also spoke of the time when Elena would live with him again.

The idea of Elena joining him again was not the poetic spiritual metaphor that is spoken of when loved ones hope they will see their departed on the other side. Van Cosel wanted to take his Elena home.

People were noticing that Van Cosel's visits to the cemetery had ceased. No one had seen Van Cosel for many years.

Carl used the cover of the night to transport Elena's corpse to his home. His neighbors would tell stories of how Van Cosel would play a church organ late into the night at his home on Flagler Avenue. He would walk down the street during the day carrying huge boxes of rags and perfume. Neighbors began talking again, and rumors were spreading that Van Cosel was losing his mind.

After seven years of being a virtual hermit Van Cosel was confronted by the sister of Elena. She demanded that Carl take her to the mausoleum so that she could put the rumors to rest about her sister. No longer could Dr. Van Cosel keep his secret. He took Elena's sister into his room. Lying in his bed dressed in a wedding gown was something that looked like a life-sized doll. It glistened like wax and had cold glass eyes which stared up to the ceiling.

Dr. Van Cosel told Elena's sister that it was Elena. Elena's sister was not convinced. She was so horrified to see that something that looked like a wax dummy could be her sister. The police were called and a full autopsy was performed on the corpse turned mannequin.

The pathologists performed the Autopsy at the Lopez funeral home and what they found was gruesome. It was the rotting badly decayed corpse of Elena. Pieces of skin barely clinging to exposed bone. Her Bones were held together with Piano wire. Van Cosel had replaced her eyes with Glass ones and the wig on her head was made from the hair that had fallen out of her skull as she decayed.

Van Cosel had attempted to rebuild Elena using a combination of beeswax, silk, and make up. He stuffed the remainder of the body with rags. He used perfumes to remove the odors from the body as the skin fell from Elena's bones.

The most horrific thing of all was yet to come. Pathologists found a tube inserted in the body in the area where Elena's vaginal cavity once existed. It was there so that Dr. Van Cosel could consummate the union between him and his lovely bride. If he could not have her in life, he decided he would have her in death. Nothing would stop him. It was believed that Van Cosel had sexual intercourse with Elena's corpse for seven years.

Before you pass judgment on Dr. Van Cosel it is important to point out that after a thorough examination of him psychiatrists declared him sane. He was later arrested for wanton and willful destruction of a tomb.

Was it destruction, or did he care for the body of Elena to a fault? Later city officials put Elena's body on public display. Thousands of people would go to the Lopez funeral home and see the body that was used in the now infamous example of necrophilia.

Van Cosel was never prosecuted. All charges were dropped because the statute of limitations had passed. Elena was buried in a secret location so that Van Coselwould never find her again.

In 1951 it was reported that Dr. Carl Van Cosel had died. He was 83. He was found in an abandoned house lying next to a life-sized doll. It was wearing the death mask of Elena.

It may sound odd, but it seems that only 17 per cent of people who commit acts of Necrophilia are psychotic. Most of the time the act is committed as one final gesture of love to the departed. It happens more times than we would care to realize, and not in funeral parlors by perverted morticians. Most necrophiles feel that it is their last ditch effort to rejoin their dead loved one. It rarely goes reported. There are many people who do not feel at all ill at ease at the thought of kissing a corpse at a funeral. It happens all the time before the lid seals shut and the body is interred.

If you still find that hard to believe consider this. Many people do not realize that as children we have heard fairy tales about the acts of Necrophilia. It was Sleeping Beauty and Snow White that were killed by the acts of someone else. It took the act of a loving kiss to bring back the dead.

Carl Van Cosel took his love of Elena further. In seven years time he committed a horrific act, however there are many people who feel that what happened back in the 30's and 40's was truly an act of love. Sometimes people do strange things after someone near them dies. But I think the dead would really hope that we would continue living without them. As Thornton Wilder wrote in Our town "The living just don't understand." Wilder believed that life was meaningful only when lived with full awareness of the value of the present moment. As we are about to take a dark journey into the cloudy future we are forced, not only to look ahead to the possibility of our own deaths, but how we will react when those around us die and not make the journey with us into the new millennium. Maybe there is wisdom in having a positive outlook about life. After all, you never think about where you were before you were born, so I guess it is silly to worry about where you will be when you die.

genius... (-1, Offtopic)

greenalbatros (215035) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801298)

...yes yes yes. but how big was his dunda?

Childrens Letters To Einstein (5, Interesting)

the_Upsetter (257937) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801320)

A great amount of insight can be found in what children wrote to the man ... [nytimes.com]

Some Highlights...

Dear Dr. Einstein,

I am a pupil in the sixth grade at Westview School. We have been talking about animals and plants in Science. There are a few children in our room that do not understand why people are classed as animals. I would appreciate it very much if you would please answer this and explain to me why people are classed as animals.

Thanking you,
Sincerely,
Carol
November 12, 1952

The very thoughtful answer...

Dear Children:

We should not ask "What is an animal" but "what sort of thing do we call an animal?" Well, we call something an animal which has certain characteristics: it takes nourishment, it descends from parents similar to itself, it grows, it moves by itself, it dies if its time has run out. That's why we call the worms, the chicken, the dog, the monkey an animal. What about us humans? Think about it in the above mentioned way and then decide for yourselves whether it is a natural thing to regard ourselves as animals.

With kind regards,
Albert Einstein
January 17, 1953

Wow -- score 5 interesting for a cut-and-paste (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801776)

Without a single additional comment.

Guess we should all start doing that. What a forum it would be.

IN SOVIET RUSSIA (0)

slashuzer (580287) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801321)

Einstein unveils you!

LSD? (5, Funny)

giel (554962) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801322)

"Einstein said that he thought in images and even muscular sensations," says John Stachel, a physicist and the founding editor of the Papers Project. "The hardest part for him was to translate his findings back into language that others could understand."

Sounds like the good man was addicted to drugs. And yes, I can image it is really hard to translate an LSD trip into language others can understand. However a real artist will be able to do so.

Re:LSD? (1)

argus bargus (630754) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801378)

Give me a break. Next you'll be saying that Freud was a coke addict... Oh, yeah, I forgot... he was!

Re:LSD? (3, Funny)

gowen (141411) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801447)

I can image it is really hard to translate an LSD trip into language others can understand. However a real artist will be able to do so.
Or maybe not. Allow me to quote jambands.com [jambands.com]
As the story goes, the first time Paul McCartney got high, he discovered something very deep and mystic. He wrote it down on a piece of paper and folded it up, entrusting it to Mal Evans, the Beatles' road manager. The next day Mal asked Paul if he wanted to see what was written on the paper. Paul said "yes". He opened it up. Scrawled across it was the phrase "there are seven levels".

William James and Onions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801630)

Tripping on nitrous oxide, 19th-century psychologist William James glimpsed the Secret Of The Universe ("Overall there is a smell of fried onions");

-- ac at work

Re:LSD? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801532)

No, not LSD. It's called autism. Albert Einstien was a high-functioning autistic savant. A common feature of the highly autistic mind is thought processes in music, sensations, pictures, written words, etc. Some autistics can also see music, taste sounds, hear pictures and the like... the sensors can become crosswired and overloaded.

I perfectly understand what he means by finding translating his ideas into language as being the hardest part, as I'm in much the same position. I don't function in relation to words in the same way as neurotypical individuals do; my comprehension of meaning is far more abstract compared with what is normal; I don't as much conform my thinking to the subtlties and conotations (sp?) of the meanings of words used to describe or convey concepts.
When an idea is in my mind, I can easily process relatively complicated concepts. But when I try to commit them to the written word, I run into difficulties because I am 'out of sync' with the standardised influences and meanings which are socially attached to words, and therefore the ideas which are conveyed with them.

Re:LSD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801615)

I can easily process relatively complicated concepts. But when I try to commit them to the written word, I run into difficulties because I am 'out of sync' with the standardised influences and meanings which are socially attached to words,

So basically, it's like you are an AOLer.

Re:LSD? (4, Insightful)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801587)

Dr. Albert Hofmann didn't synthesize LSD until 1938. Einstein was a very old man by then, and had already written many of his most famous works.

Re:LSD? (2)

einstein (10761) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801703)

Hey now. that's quite a leap of logic you made there. and stop turning into a pink elephant.
--

Re:LSD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801711)


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Favorite Einstein quotes?? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801343)

Mine is "Imagination is more important than knowledge".

In any case, I found this site a while back. It's somewhat of a tutorial on Einstein, allowing you to do "Easy" or "Advanced", and fairly informative.

Theory of Relativity [thinkquest.org]

Re:Favorite Einstein quotes?? (5, Insightful)

simong_oz (321118) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801560)

oooh, there are so many good Einstein quotes, but if I had to pick a favourite, I would probably go for:

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit next to a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. Now that's relativity!"

My other favourite would be:

"The important thing is not to stop questioning."

Re:Favorite Einstein quotes?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801629)

The world should adopt the white flag as its official flag, signifying surrender to the other as the proper goal of every nation, for peace cannot be achieved through violence, but only through understanding.

obfark: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801690)

Looks like FRANCE is ahead of the curve, then!

Re:Favorite Einstein quotes?? (3, Funny)

JofCoRe (315438) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801762)

Personally, my favorite Einstein quote is:

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

ah... so true.

Sour taste at the end. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801347)

The article towards the end disappoints when it compares Gandhi to Mozart and Einstein. Gandhi was a sly politician who was a master manipulator of the public. He might have started with good intentions, but he just became a stubborn and shrewd polito with his image paramount to his goals.

Who Einstein wasn't (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801354)


Yes, the average public may not know much about who Einstein was as a man and person, but let me tell you wat he was not. Einstein was NOT a smelly hippy Linux-using tree-fucking dog-kissing faggot looking-for-a-handout free-software-bullshit-loving like all you liberal fuck twats around here. Einstein would consider slashdot and Linux a big fucking joke full of shit and semen, becuase that's what it is you fucking cunts.

Re:Who Einstein wasn't (0, Offtopic)

argus bargus (630754) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801418)

... and he would be most impressed by your command of the english language!

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Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801359)

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Dissappointing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801402)

This article didn't even touch Einsteins efforts to help a good-hearted auto mechanic find love with his beautiful, spirited niece. It turns out that Einstein and his german scientist friends were actually very much preoccupied with playing cupids, which got them into a lot of mischief. I won't reveal the ending though, you'll have to read his biography (which I haven't).

But did you know...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801412)

But did you know that the most well known scientist in the near history was also the best known scientist in recent history? It's true! If you don't believe me, then look it up, Einstein.

Who Einstein really was? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801414)

An autistic Jew who liked mathematics and world peace. Enough said :)

was optimism cheap in the 1950's? (2, Funny)

w1r3sp33d (593084) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801444)

"His life projects high achievement and a hope for a sane future for humanity..." I really wonder what Einstein would say today about mankind and its future, Hey Taco, how about borrowing that time machine from Celebrity Death Match and bringing him here for an exclusive /. ten question interview?

Another book reccomendation (2, Informative)

Letch (551512) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801448)

Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America With Einstein's Brain, by Michael Paterniti at amazon.com [amazon.com] (I get no referrer fees from that link)

From that page:

Driving Mr. Albert chronicles the adventures of an unlikely threesome--a freelance writer, an elderly pathologist, and Albert Einstein's brain--on a cross-country expedition intended to set the story of this specimen-cum-relic straight once and for all.

After Thomas Harvey performed Einstein's autopsy in 1955, he made off with the key body part. His claims that he was studying the specimen and would publish his findings never bore fruit, and the doctor fell from grace. The brain, though, became the subject of many an urban legend, and Harvey was transformed into a modern Robin Hood, having snatched neurological riches from the establishment and distributed them piecemeal to the curious and the faithful around the world.

...

Traversing America with Harvey and his sacred specimen, Paterniti seems to be awaiting enlightenment, much as Einstein did in his last days. But just as the great scientist failed to come up with a unifying theory, Paterniti's chronicle dissolves at times into overly sincere efforts to find importance where there may be none, and it walks a fine line between postmodern detachment and wide-eyed wonderment. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the book offers an engrossing portrait of postatomic America from what may be the ultimate late-20th-century road trip.

Re:Another book reccomendation (1)

thexam (546569) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801788)

Take a look for the book The Born-Einstein Letters: Correspondence Between Albert Einstein and Max and Hedwig Born from 1916 to 1955 [amazon.com] , edited by Max Born. It is a collection of correspondence between the two jewish physicists (and their wives) in the years before and during WWII. It is an interesting look into their day to day and scientific concerns as they dealt with growing anti-semitism, war, the revolution in physics at the time, and Einstein's growing fame.

The letters show the real person behind the icon that is presented in most of the biographies, "relativity for dummies" books, and stories about his travelling brain.

It is out of print, but I found a copy at the library at my university. It's also available online as an out of print special order.

Allmost no spelling mistakes. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801453)

But only almost.

Did you know (3, Interesting)

noz (253073) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801464)

The article doesn't mention that Einstein was a shocker at simple arithmatic. He had the natural genius to interpret large and complex equations, but was unable to perform simple calculations.

Re:Did you know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801680)

EVERYONE FUCKING KNOWS THAT

jeezus fucking christ

why don't you just mention his frizzy hair-do, captain no-shit?

Albert (3, Insightful)

joelwest (38708) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801473)

Ad hominem arguments never explain the 'how' of physicists just the 'who'. Still Einstein was a facinating man, but just as fascinating was Richard Feinman. I suggest reading about Feinman as well.

Re:Albert (1)

Nick of NSTime (597712) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801693)

You mean Richard Feynman. He taught at CalTech and Cornell, IIRC. He worked on the Manhattan Project and won the Nobel Prize in physics. I read "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" and discovered that not only was Feynman an exceptional physicist, but also a funny writer and an insightful person. That's one of my favorite books.

I don't remember if Feynman mentioned meeting Einstein in "Surely..." but he does talk about meeting Enrico Fermi and the infamous Klaus Fuchs.

Re:Albert (2)

redfiche (621966) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801826)

I don't remember if Feynman mentioned meeting Einstein in "Surely..." but he does talk about meeting Enrico Fermi and the infamous Klaus Fuchs.

He does, he was asked to give a lecture, and the great man was there, along with Bohr and others. Can you imagine being a grad student giving a talk to a room full of the giants of physics!

Re:Albert (1)

Rocky (56404) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801844)

Yup. Einstein showed up at one of Feynman's presentations (not sure if it was his dissertation) while Feynman was at Princeton.

Talk about pressure!

Awesome! (1, Interesting)

WookieOnTheRun (603172) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801480)

This is a really great article, especially for people like me. I don't understand science at all, but when I get to see the humanity behind the science it definitely peaks my interest, especially the part about Einstein being a peace activist. It never really mentions also that he was a pretty devout Jew and believer in god. He didnt really believe that spirituality and science were neccesarily very far apart. Even cooler was that he was friendly with some of the biggest philosophers at the time!

We're sorry Dr. Einstein (2, Funny)

xyote (598794) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801497)

but your previous experience as a clerk at the Swiss Patent Office doesn't qualify you for a position of research physicist here at the Institute for Advanced Studies.


Is is any wonder the poor guy has been reduced to being an advertising shill for everything in sight?

Little known about Einstein ?? (5, Interesting)

tmark (230091) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801501)

On the other hand there's little knowledge of who Einstein really was and the human being behind the genius.

Please. As far as scientists go, there are none whose personality has been more revealed and documented than Einstein - except now, maybe John Nash. Lots of lay people know at least something about Einstein's personality; he's probably the only scientist ever who has been adopted by the media. By contrast, see if the lay people around you know anything about the personalities/loves/quirks of Darwin, Newton, Bohr or Freud.

Re:Little known about Einstein ?? (5, Funny)

kin_korn_karn (466864) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801593)

Darwin liked turtles
Newton liked apples
Bohr liked bees
Freud liked his mother

Re:Little known about Einstein ?? (2, Funny)

OldStash (630985) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801678)

Freud liked his mother

Not really. He just liked the cigars she smoked.

Re:Little known about Einstein ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801811)

Oh please yourself. Everyone knows his face. Big deal. That and the fact that "E = More Calls 2, family and friends!"

If you'd read the article, you'd see that what's being revealed is the less-than-fuzzy/friendly/perfect Einstein. A little darker, a lot more human, and extremely interesting. What we got before was the advertiser's cut.

"Ideas and Opinions" by A Einstein (2)

dpilot (134227) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801516)

I'll have to delive a quick plug for this book, sitting on my shelf at home. Last read it over a decade ago. I've pretty much forgotten, so I guess it's time for a reread. At the very least, I've kept it rather than given it to a library book sale.

time magazine: immortality + einstein (2)

Khopesh (112447) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801523)

there was a time magazine article in summer 1999 (i think) that talked about tomorrow's technology. on the topic of immortality, there were a few "methods" mentioned: replace immune system with one more efficient, move brain to new body, and live on as exact replica via memories. as an example of the latter, scientists attempted to replicate albert einstein.

theoretically, at least, based on hist known reactions, the simulation of einstein would be able to answer questions as if he were still alive, even those not of his time period.

HHGG: time magazine: immortality + einstein (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801763)

"Your brain would have to be prepared first.
Prepared?
Diced.
DICED?!!
We'd provided you with a suitable substitute, an electronic brain. You wouldn't notice the difference.
I'd notice the difference!
No, you'd be programmed not to.

Einstein on a bicycle (4, Interesting)

MacAndrew (463832) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801526)

I went to grade school across the street from Cal Tech, and it was said that Einstein was often seen bicycling around on his 3-speed. Something about that lack of pretense has always charmed me, and I would think he is already one of the most human famous scientists. He spent much of the last 20 years of his life concerned with averting nuclear war.

Einstein on a bicycle [caltech.edu] . And he didn't wear a helmet.

Einstein for Beginners (2, Informative)

bkhl (189311) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801563)

I heartily recommend the book Einstein for Beginners [amazon.com] by Schwartz and McGuinness for anyone interested in a short biography of Einstein.

It is an illustrated biography in the same spirit as the classic Lenin for Beginners and Introducing Kafka (possibly the best Kafka biography ever).

A Good Biography (3, Informative)

Ian_Bailey (469273) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801575)

One good biography I read on Einstein was Einstein in Love [bookreporter.com] . It doesn't get to heavy into scientific details, but instead is full of rich descriptions of all the people and relationships in Einstein's troubled younger years, and the time leading up to his theories. A very entertaining and interesting read. It also touches on other famous Scientists of the day.

Read this book for insights on his life. (2)

Skynet (37427) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801577)

Einstein: A Life [amazon.com] , by Denis Brian

The book focuses more on Einsteins life and struggles, more than on his formulations and theories. It's a great and quick read. Denis Brian has great insight into what made Einstein tick.

Much more better... (2, Funny)

JustJoking (535170) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801634)

This book is far better than the lesser known "Einstien Undressed", although there's more words, fewer pictures.

WMD (5, Insightful)

primus_sucks (565583) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801637)

A committed socialist, he distrusted capitalism and communism in equal measure and believed that "world government" was the only way to control nuclear weapons and eventually abolish war entirely.

Seems like Einstein would like to see UN weapons inspections for all countries. Personally I'd sleep better if all weapons of mass destruction were banned and all countries were subject to inspection. Let's not wait for millions of people to die before we consider this!

Illuminated Einstein (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801669)

Check out the Eistein! link from MiniTorr [minitorr.com] .

SPELLING!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801682)

> Pictures of him can be found on allmost everything

Why don't the editors make an effort to do some spell checking? As it stands, the Slashdot forum seems to be populated by a bunch of illiterate people.

Read more (4, Informative)

tiltowait (306189) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801696)

A 2-page article is hardly going to make you a know-it-all on this man. It's a good overview, but please don't go away from it thinking you're an expert on his life. (That's just a pet peeve of mine, like people who saw a Ken Burns series and now think they're Civil War experts).

What the article barely touches on, for example, is that (like Russell) he turned from science and philosophy to political activism later in life, complete with a heaping FBI file [fbi.gov] . Read his own words [amazon.com] if you want to. There's also an interesting story about Einstein's [echonyc.com] brain [amazon.com] !

Secret anagrams in Article title! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4801709)

Anagrams in EINSTEIN UNVEILED:
Anti MS:IE DE EVILEST IN NUN
Teen Nun sex:DE TEEN LEI IS IV NUN
... Viagra Ad:DE SENILE VEIN UNIT

Einstein's Dreams (3, Interesting)

HoldmyCauls (239328) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801726)

I just recently bought this book at a book sale. Very good, and the imagery is amazing. It documents Einstein's thoughts in novel form and interjects with meetings he had with his friend Besso, wherein he tried to explain his want for understanding.

What made me cry the most was the realization that Einstein thought very much the way I did. If only people understood how simple -- yet dedicated -- true genius is, fewer people would be afraid of science and technology.

To make the world a better place. (2)

DeadBugs (546475) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801822)

In order to make the world a better place. I think we all need to get in touch with our inner Einstein.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." ~ Albert Einstein

privacy? (2, Funny)

v(*_*)vvvv (233078) | more than 11 years ago | (#4801840)

Where are all the privacy activists? I guess we all only care about our own privacy huh.
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