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13-Albert Einstein
Mar 14, 1879 - Apr 18, 1955 = 76 years old

Who is that who doesn't know Albert Einstein? He was born in Germany and was a theoretical physicist. He received Noble Prize for the discovery of the law of photoelectric effect in 1921. That is why he is often known as Father of Modern Physics. He escaped Nazi Germany where he was a professor in Berlin Academy of Sciences in 1933 and settled down in the USA, and became a US citizen in 1940. He has published 300 scientific papers and 150 non-scientific works. He was a talented boy since his childhood. His intelligence made Einstein synonymous with the word genius. He was contemporary of Niels Bohr.

Here are some short stories about Albert Einstein.

(1) One day during a speaking tour, Albert Einstein's driver, who often sat at the back of the hall during his lectures, remarked that he could probably give the lecture himself, having heard it so many times. Sure enough, at the next stop on the tour, Einstein and the driver switched places, with Einstein sitting at the back in his driver's uniform and his driver driving the car as Einstein. Having delivered a flawless lecture, the driver was asked a difficult question by a member of the audience. "Well, the answer to that question is quite simple," he casually replied. "I bet even my driver, sitting up at the back there, can answer it!"

(2) Einstein was a scientist and he never paid attention to his dress. His wife often suggested that he should dress up more professionally when he headed off to work. "Why should I?" he would invariably argue. She would answer - "Everyone knows me there." 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 the theory of relativity!"

(4) When Albert Einstein was working in Princeton University, one day, he was going back to his home and he forgot his home address. The driver of the cab did not know him. Einstein asked the driver if he knew Einstein's home. The driver said "Who does not know Einstein's address? Everyone in Princeton knows it. Do you want to meet him?. Einstein replied - "I am Einstein. I forgot my home address, can you take me there?" The driver reached 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 o take out his ticket, but couldn't find his ticket, so he reached in his trousers' pockets, it wasn't there either. So he looked in his briefcase but couldn't find it there even. 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 other passengers' 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) Once Albert Einstein met Charlie Chaplin. Albert Einstein said to him - "What I admire most about your art is its universality. You do not say a word, and yet ... the world understands you."

Replied Chaplin - "It' s true, but your fame is even greater. The world admires you, when even nobody understands you. "

And the last bit not the least, he was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.

[Great people have their own strange nature especially the scientists, so is with Einstein]



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