Einstein’s 1911 Letter Defending Curie

Posted by Dorothy Lander

The letter to Marie Curie is among the thousand of Einstein’s documents released last week (December 1, 2014) — which are being called “ the Dead Sea Scrolls of physics” — and it begins by Einstein asking Curie “not [to] laugh at me for writing you without having anything sensible to say.”



I enjoy Einstein’s strong language in his advice to Marie Curie, whose application for a seat with the French Academy of Sciences had been denied, possibly because of rumors that she was Jewish — or because she was having an affair with a married man, the physicist Paul Langevin.  Or could it have been that she was a woman?

“I]f the rabble continues to occupy itself with you, then simply don’t read that hogwash, but rather leave it to the reptiles for whom it has been fabricated.”

The writer Scott Kaufman notes that in our social media world of today we would refer to such “reptiles” as “trolls.”


~ by artpoped on December 16, 2014.

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