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You probably know a quote from him. He probably never said it. How did Einstein become a touchstone of all that is wise?
Andrew Robinson is a journalist and author. His writing has appeared in The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Nature and The New York Times, among others. His books include Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity (2015).
n late 2017, a sheet of paper bearing a 13-word sentence in German in the original handwriting of Albert Einstein went on sale at an auction house in Jerusalem. The city is home to the archives of Einstein, which he willed before his death in 1955 to the Hebrew University, the institution that he helped to found in the 1920s. The Albert Einstein Archives now contain some 30,000 documents. Several times the size of Galileo Galilei’s and Isaac Newton’s archives, they rival the archives of Napoleon Bonaparte. However, the provenance of this particular paper had nothing to do with the Archives, despite a copy of it being held in the collection. It was decidedly more intriguing./.../