Had a visit from my Susan and her Michael — it was busy and wonderful and left no time to think of writing. Well, they’re gone and the laundry is (almost) all done, so last night I sat down to relax and watch ‘Inside Einstein’s Mind’ on Netflix. A normal person would have watched it through and learn something, but normal wouldn’t exactly describe me.
Whenever I think of Einstein, I imagine the world-renowned brilliant
physicist himself. This Nova program mentions something about Einstein having children. My curiosity took over. I had to put aside watching to find out something about them.
No one seems to know anything about Albert Einstein’s daughter Lieserl. She was probably born in 1902 and I could learn nothing more. It’s a mystery….
One son, Hans Albert, 1904-1973, a hydraulic engineer, followed his father’s example and moved to the U.S. in time to avoid the Holocaust. Hans became a professor at the University of California at Berkley.
Eduard, 1910-1965, often ill as a child was a talented student and musician. He studied medicine and wanted to become a psychiatrist. In one of those ironic coincidences, at age 20, he began suffering from schizophrenia. That ended any plans for a successful career. He spent many years hospitalized.
Not long ago, (see May 15, 2017) I wrote about reading ‘The Professor and the Madman’ by Simon Winchester. In it, Winchester states one in a hundred people have schizophrenia. That’s a whole lot folks. We need some brilliant souls to seek a cure for this heartbreaking illness which afflicts so many.
These are the children from Einstein’s first marriage.
In my search, I also learned about many quotes attributed to Albert Einstein himself. Here are a few:
‘Logic will get you from A to Z. Imagination will get you everywhere.
The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working.
The most important question you can ever ask is if the universe is a friendly place.
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.’
There are many more. Look for them online — fortunately Einstein WAS an opinionated man — with humor!