After several years of effort, the great Albert Einstein summed up his life’s work in just two pages, the work of his life: the general theory of relativity. Albert Einstein is bes known in popular culture for the awesome and most famous equation of all time: E = mc2, the mass mass–energy equivalence formula.
He was a unparalleled thinker, scientist who received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his “services to theoretical physics”; but what was his secret to becoming one of the most talked about scientists of all time? Albert Einstein decided to share one of his most closely guarded secrets with his eldest son, Hans Albert. The year was 1915, when Albert Einstein 36 years old at that time, lived in the disturbing surroundings of the city of Berlin, shaken by the fires of War. Meanwhile, his first wife, Mileva, and his two sons, Hans Albert and Eduard, lived in Zurich, away from the war.
Ecstatic, after delivering his revolutionary theory, Einstein wrote to his eldest son, Hans Albert and in addition to thanking his then eleven-year old son for writing him letters, Albert Einstein promised to spend some time together each year, while he shared his new scientific achievement.
Here the letter from Albert Einstein to his 11-year old son, Albert.
My dear Albert,
Yesterday I received your dear letter and was very happy with it. I was already afraid you wouldn’t write to me at all any more. You told me when I was in Zurich, that it is awkward for you when I come to Zurich. Therefore I think it is better if we get together in a different place, where nobody will interfere with our comfort. I will in any case urge that each year we spend a whole month together, so that you see that you have a father who is fond of you and who loves you. You can also learn many good and beautiful things from me, something another cannot as easily offer you. What I have achieved through such a lot of strenuous work shall not only be there for strangers but especially for my own boys. These days I have completed one of the most beautiful works of my life, when you are bigger, I will tell you about it.
I am very pleased that you find joy with the piano. This and carpentry are in my opinion for your age the best pursuits, better even than school. Because those are things which fit a young person such as you very well. Mainly play the things on the piano which please you, even if the teacher does not assign those. That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes. I am sometimes so wrapped up in my work that I forget about the noon meal. . . .
Be with Tete kissed by your
Regards to Mama.
When playing the piano, try playing melodies that you like, even if the teacher doesn’t tell you to or give them to you as homework. That’s the way to learn more: when you’re doing something with such joy that you do not notice the passage of time. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my work that I forget lunch. Albert Einstein.
“That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.”
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