Character in Real Life - One-Minute Testimonials
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Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
Contributed from Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations
EINSTEIN: “I HAVE TO WORK NOW”
Albert Einstein was interested in almost everything, and gave every topic and visitor his undivided attention. But sometimes he would rise abruptly—even in the middle of a sentence—and say apologetically, “I have to work now.” Whereupon he would retire to his study, leaving it to his wife and secretary to entertain the guest a while longer. There was nothing offensive about this; it was obvious that Einstein’s brain had started to spin, and that he had to work. It seemed as though he had received orders from elsewhere, and he followed them good-naturedly, expecting the same from those around him.
—Virginia Quarterly Review
[Reproduced with permission from Encylopedia of 15,000 Illustrations, by Paul Lee Tan,
Communications, Inc., Dallas, TX, 1998, #2490]
[Editor’s note: Albert Einstein (1878-1955) was the principal founder of modern theoretical physics; his theory of relativity (speed of light is a constant and not relative to the observer or source of light), and the relationship of mass and energy (e=mc2), fundamentally changed human understanding of the physical world. During a single year in 1905, Einstein produced three landmark papers. These papers dealt with the nature of particle movement known as Brownian motion, the quantum nature of electromagnetic radiation as demonstrated by the photoelectric effect, and the special theory of relativity. Although Einstein is probably best known for the last of these works, it was for his quantum explanation of the photoelectric effect that he was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in physics. His stature as a scientist, together with his strong humanitarian stance on major political and social issues, made him one of the outstanding men of the twentieth century. —The Handy Science Answer Book]
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