Albert Einstein is none for all things scientific. Be it the photoelectric effect, the theory of relativity, thermodynamics and what not! He is the benchmark when it comes to classifying someone as a genius.
Einstein said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” Children from all over the world wrote letters to him which he also answered!
Here are five letters and their answers from Einstein that you should read today.
1. When a child asked him about when the world will end:
A little girl named Monique, asked Einstein in 1951 about the beginning and the end of the world. To which Einstein replied, “There has been an Earth since a little more than a billion years. As for the question of the end of it I advise: Wait and see!” Eventually, scientists found out that the blue planet was more than 4.5 billion years old.
2. When a girl had trouble with mathematics:
Like most of us, a girl in 1943 was having trouble with mathematics in school. She wrote to Einstein about her difficulty to which he replied,
“…Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
Professor Albert Einstein.”
3. A kid once asked Einstein to describe what he looked like!
We wonder how Einstein must have first felt on reading this letter. When a child asked him to describe himself, he said, “… Let me tell you what I look like: pale face, long hair, and a tiny beginning of a paunch. In addition, an awkward gait, and a cigar in the mouth … and a pen in pocket or hand. But crooked legs and warts he does not have, and so is quite handsome – also no hair on his hands as is so often found with ugly men.”
4.A girl asked him if scientists pray:
The letter from a girl name Phyllis read,
“We have brought up the question: Do scientists pray? in our Sunday school class. It began by asking whether we could believe in both science and religion. We are writing to scientists and other important men, to try and have our own question answered.
We will feel greatly honored if you will answer our question: Do scientists pray, and what do they pray for?
We are in the sixth grade, Miss Ellis’s class.”
Einstein replied to this one and said,
I will attempt to reply to your question as simply as I can. Here is my answer:
Scientists believe that every occurrence, including the affairs of human beings, is due to the laws of nature. Therefore a scientist cannot be inclined to believe that the course of events can be influenced by prayer, that is, by a supernaturally manifested wish.
However, we must concede that our actual knowledge of these forces is imperfect, so that in the end the belief in the existence of a final, ultimate spirit rests on a kind of faith. Such belief remains widespread even with the current achievements in science.
But also, everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man. In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is surely quite different from the religiosity of someone more naive.
With cordial greetings,
your A. Einstein”
5. When children of an elementary school sent him a gift on his 76th birthday:
Einstein answered the letter on March 26, 1955 – only a few days before he passed away on April 18, 1955. In the letter he said, “…I thank you all for the birthday present you have sent to me and for your congratulation letter. Your present will be quite an encouragement to me to dress a little more elegant in the future than I did up to now, because tie pin and cuff links only existed as far away memories for me.”
Once a child advised him to get a haircut. A letter read, “…I saw your picture in the paper. I think you ought to have a haircut, so you can look better.” There were other letters too with vague questions that were often addressed to Albert Einstein.
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