Christies New York sold a letter written in 1954 by Albert Einstein. It reached the astronomical sum of 2.8 million dollars. While not being an atheist, he queried the existence of God. However, God was only mentioned once in the whole letter.
Who was Albert Einstein ?
A complete biography would cover dozens of pages. However, to put it briefly, he was a Jewish German physicist and philosopher. Born in 1879 in Germany, he learnt to speak late and hated the rigid discipline at school. In addition he studied the violin. He said if he hadn’t gone into physics he would have become a musician. So in 1894 his family moved to Italy and opened a factory while he remained in Munich.
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He tried to get into the Polytechnic in Zurich but was turned down due to lack of literary knowledge. Then he indeed managed to get into the Polytechnic in Aargan in 1898. He decided to become a teacher of natural sciences and mathematics. Subsequently he elected to become a physicist and obtained his degree in 1900.
His famous paper on the theory of relativity followed. In 1921 the Nobel Prize for Physics was his.
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The Nazi regime
Being of Jewish origin, life became impossible in Germany under Hitler’s regime. This is why he decided to emigrate to the United States. Here he spent 22 years before returning to Europe. Not only, he also wrote to US President Roosevelt about the Nazis and also the dangers of the atomic bomb.
One of his famous phrases was “Only two things are ‘infinite’: the universe and human stupidity. And I’m not sure about the first.” He died in the US in 1955.