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By : Sharad Gupta, Software Developer, Tripura Technologies, Hyderabad
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Some interesting and revealing incidents from the life of Albert Einstein, who was recently honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century.

 

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.
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 my driver, sitting up at the back there, could answer it!"
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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." 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!"
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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!"
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When Albert Einstein was working in Princeton university, one day he was going back home he forgot his home address. The driver of the cab did not recognise 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 reached him to his home and did not even collect his fare from him.
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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 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.'

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.

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 my driver, sitting up at the back there, could answer it!"

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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." 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!"

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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!"

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When Albert Einstein was working in Princeton university, one day he was going back home he forgot his home address. The driver of the cab did not recognise 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 reached him to his home and did not even collect his fare from him.

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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 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.'

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 Top Comment : Rajeev Sharma   | 02 08 2011 07:55:20 +0000
Thanks Sharad for sharing this. Let me add one more anecdote about Einstein's forgetfulness. Einstein had a bed in his laboratory as he had odd timings to sleep and did not want to waste a single minute in going to his bed room. Every night he followed the same routine: he would take off his hat and hang it on an anvil, put his stick in the corner and then lie down on the bed. Every morning his domestic help would come to clean up the place. One morning the domestic help saw a strange scenario: the hat was on the anvil, Einstein was standing in the corner, and the stick was lying on the bed!
 
16 comments on "Life of Albert Einstein"
  Commented by  LAXMAN KESHWALA, Freelancer, Telecom/ISP    | 04 18 2011 22:51:26 +0000
Nice and good for knowledge related to MAN OF CENTURY.I learnt that when any inventor forgets every thing then he can became a scientist.
  Commented by  Jaygopal Raghavan, Marketing Manager, Landmark Group    | 02 16 2011 16:16:35 +0000
Genius and interesting rolled into one ! Thanks sharad for such a lovely insight. Gave me a lot of respite at the end of a tiring day !
  Commented by  SUNIL BALGURI, Planning Engineer, L&T ECC    | 02 09 2011 17:31:17 +0000
Awesome...
  Commented by  s.baalu, Consultant, XYZ LTD    | 02 09 2011 08:21:40 +0000
Very interesting and useful tips to be followed.
  Commented by  Vivek Singh, Project Manager, L&T    | 02 09 2011 06:48:29 +0000
What to say interesting, amazing, excellent or hilarious?
  Commented by  Neha Choudhry, Content Writer, Service Magic Info Jobs (for Atoot.com)    | 02 08 2011 18:38:01 +0000
Sooo forgetful?! 
  Commented by  dommaraju krishnamaraju, CEO/MD/Director, wine legendIndia pvt ltd    | 02 08 2011 12:36:14 +0000
 These incidents are not dramatized. These are recorded by the people who witnessed them.

 A real genius and may be soon we will be discovering that his Space- Time continuum is only a mirage and he did say that he was puzzled by quantum mechanics because the rules of the game are different. He also said if given a chance to live his life again, he would like to be a mechanic. Simplicity and his humanness is beyond belief. 

God is not playing dies! is already being questioned by developments in particle physics. 
  Commented by  Anantha Shayana. D, CTO/CIO, RAYSITI    | 02 08 2011 12:17:29 +0000
Thanks for sharing @Sharad! TO know even bits and pieces about the life of such geniuses is very encouraging!
  Commented by  PS Dhingra, CEO & Vigilance & Transformation Management Consultant, Dhingra Group of Management & Educational Consultants    | 02 08 2011 10:04:55 +0000
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BUT the question arises, if Einstein used forget everything, how he could remember his theory of relativity? I think the truth may be 50:50 about the stories of his forgetfulness.
  Commented by  Manoj Kumar, Sr: Manager - QA, ARCHETYPE GROUP, INDIA    | 02 08 2011 08:37:42 +0000
Sharad, a great peice for today.....thanks for sharing...also thanks for Rajeev for addition
  Commented by  Rajeev Sharma, Strategic Analyst, Columnist, Publishing    | 02 08 2011 07:55:20 +0000
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Thanks Sharad for sharing this. Let me add one more anecdote about Einstein's forgetfulness.
Einstein had a bed in his laboratory as he had odd timings to sleep and did not want to waste a single minute in going to his bed room. Every night he followed the same routine: he would take off his hat and hang it on an anvil, put his stick in the corner and then lie down on the bed. Every morning his domestic help would come to clean up the place. One morning the domestic help saw a strange scenario: the hat was on the anvil, Einstein was standing in the corner, and the stick was lying on the bed!
  Commented by  S. Muralidharan, Head, Project Planning/Strategy, Knowledge Foundation    | 02 08 2011 07:41:28 +0000
Good one!  Keep posting such articles - will become an eyeopener for youngsters!
  Commented by  G A Narayan, Real Estate Consultant    | 02 08 2011 07:27:32 +0000
Very Nice, thanks
  Commented by  Rathin Deb, Resident Manager, Tower Infotech Ltd.    | 02 08 2011 07:06:38 +0000
Sharad excellent. Share more
  Commented by  K LAXMINARAYANA RAO, Freelancer    | 02 08 2011 06:32:31 +0000
Nice of you to share this. Thank you
  Commented by  Suryanarayan Murthy, Asst Vice President (Corp Finance), Indus Renewable Energy India Limited    | 02 08 2011 06:10:39 +0000
Simply superb..
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