5 Revealing Anecdotes about Albert Einstein

01. No Socks

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Part of Einstein’s charm was his disheveled look.
In addition to his uncombed hair, one of Einstein’s peculiar habits was to never wear socks. Whether it was while out sailing or to a formal dinner at the White House, Einstein went without socks everywhere.

Plus, why wear both socks and shoes when one of them would do just fine?

To Einstein, socks were a pain because they often would get holes in them.


02. Einstein’s brain

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When Einstein died in 1955, his body was cremated and his ashes scattered, as was his wish. However, before his body was cremated, pathologist Thomas Harvey at Princeton Hospital conducted an autopsy in which he removed Einstein’s brain. Rather than putting the brain back in the body, Harvey decided to keep it, ostensibly for study. Harvey did not have permission to keep Einstein’s brain, but days later, he convinced Einstein’s son that it would help science. Shortly thereafter,…

Harvey was fired from his position at Princeton because he refused to give up Einstein’s brain.

For the next four decades, Harvey kept Einstein’s chopped-up brain (Harvey had it cut into over 200 pieces) in two mason jars with him as he moved around the country.


03. Physicist’s point of view

Einstein visits Kibbutz

Albert Einstein went to look at a kibbutz while on a visit to Palestine in 1921. He asked many questions of the 22-year-old girl who was head of the young community.

One question was: “What is the relationship here of men to women?

Thinking that he was one of the many visitors who thought that women were common property in the kibbutz, she stammered, very embarrassed, “But, Herr Professor, each man here has one woman.”

Einstein’s eyes twinkled. He took the girl’s hand and said, “Don’t be alarmed at my question – by ‘relationship’ we physicists understand something rather simple, namely how many men are there and how many women.”


04. Store only what’s necessary

Albert Einstein anecdotes memorise

An Einstein’s colleagues one day asked him for his telephone number. Einstein reached for a telephone directory and looked it up. “You don’t remember your own number?” the man asked, startled.

“No,” Einstein answered. “Why should I memorize something I can so easily get from a book?”

Einstein claimed never to memorise anything which could be looked up in less than two minutes.


05. Speaking at the Sorbonne

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Speaking at the Sorbonne during the 1930s, Einstein said, “If my relativity theory is verified, Germany will proclaim me a German and France will call me a citizen of the world. But if my theory is proved false, France will emphasize that I am a German and Germany will say that I am a Jew.”