14 Unpopular Facts About Albert Einstein

14 Unpopular Facts About Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is widely known as a great physicist and a Nobel Prize winner. However, there are unpopular facts about Albert Einstein which are disclosed below.

(1) Albert Einstein’s wife often suggested that he dress more professionally when he headed off to work. “Why should I?” he would invariably argue. “Everyone knows me there.”

(2) When the time came for Einstein to attend his first major conference, she begged him to dress up a bit. “Why should I?” said Einstein. “No one knows me there!”

(3) Albert Einstein was often asked to explain the general theory of relativity. “Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour,” he once declared. “Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity!”

(4) When Albert Einstein was working at Princeton university, one day he was going back home he forgot his home address. The driver of the cab did not recognize him. Einstein asked the driver if he knows Einstein’s home. The driver said “Who does not know Einstein’s address? Everyone in Princeton knows. Do you want to meet him?. Einstein replied “I am Einstein. I forgot my home address, can you take me there? “The driver dropped him to his home and did not even collect his fare from him.

(5) Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn’t there, so he looked in his briefcase, but he couldn’t find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn’t find it.

The conductor said, ‘Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.’ Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

The conductor rushed back and said, ‘Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don’t worry, I know who you are. No problem. You don’t need a ticket. I’m sure you bought one.’ Einstein looked at him and said, ‘Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I’m going.

6) When Einstein met Charlie Chaplin:

Einstein said,

*”What I admire most about your art, is its universality. You do not say a word, and yet … the world understands you.”*

“It’s true,” replied Charlie Chaplin,

*”But your fame is even greater: The world admires you, when nobody understands you.”.*

In ,1931 Charlie Chaplin invited Albert Einstein, who was visiting Hollywood, to a private screening of his new film, ‘’City lights”. As the two men drove into town together, passerbys waved and cheered. Chaplin turned to his guest and explained: ‘’The people are applauding you because none of them understands you and applauding me because everybody understands me”.

7) One of Einstein’s colleagues asked him for his telephone number one day. Einstein reached for a telephone directory and looked it up. ‘’ You don’t remember your own number? ‘’ the man asked, startled.

‘’No, ‘’ Einstein answered. ‘’ Why should I memorize something I can so easily get from a book? ‘’ (In fact, Einstein claimed never to memorize anything which could be looked up in less than two minutes.)


Second batch of facts about Albert Einstein

  1. He never received Nobel prize for his theory of relativity but for photoelectric effect because the theory was way before his time.
  2. Many believe most of the mathematics in Einstein’s research papers was done by his wife.
  3. He left his first wife to marry his own cousin.
  4. He never believed in god but felt a sense of belonging for his fellow Jews. He was offered the presidency of Israel which he declined saying he isn’t capable for politics.
  5. Einstein is cursed for the letter he wrote to US president, which helped US prepare the nuclear bomb.
  6. He is considered the greatest scientist of all time because he led the basis of two biggest theories- relativity and quantum mechanics in the same year 1905
  7. Einstein gave the whole amount he earned from his Nobel prize to his first wife as divorce agreement.

See also: Top 7 Lessons learned from the book: The Obstacle is the Way

Credit: Ch. Lavanya

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