Historic Unedited Photos They Donâ€™t Want You To See
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Historic Unedited Photos They Donâ€™t Want You To See
Surely there was a safer way to test this prototype bulletproof vest, but these guys get points for bravery: they took turns shooting each other point-blank to prove the effectiveness of this new invention.
If you were asked to name the smartest person to ever live off the top of your head, there’s a good chance that you’d say Albert Einstein. After all, when someone does something incredibly dumb, you’ve probably called them Einstein ironically. There are few names in science that are as well known as Einstein’s, thanks not only in part to his award recognition or his memorable equations, but also because he had a very unique look.Advertisements:
Einstein came from the German Empire, being born in Ulm on March 14, 1879. Wunderkind is a word that gets thrown around a lot for young people showing a potential to be brilliant, and Einstein certainly fit that bill especially since he came from Germany. Einstein was years ahead of the rest of the children his age in terms of learning ability, taking advanced courses in math and science to the point where he was teaching himself when schools ran out of new things to teach him.
Eventually, Einstein would work in a patent office and started to write his own papers, while also kicking off his career as a professor in Germany. After his scientific work started to garner international attention, he spent the late 1910s and early 1920s traveling around to many different countries that included the United States. In the early 1930s, Einstein settled in the country that became his permanent home. By then, he had already been well known for his theory of relativity that showed that E=mc2.
Einstein became a very important part of World War II after the battling had broken out in Europe during 1939. Along with Leo Szilard, Einstein penned a letter to United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In the letter, Einstein warned that Nazi Germany was perhaps capable of producing atomic weaponry that could give them a massive advantage in the war. He noted that “It may become possible to set up a nuclear chain reaction in a large mass of uranium, by which vast amounts of power and large quantities of new radium-like elements would be generated. Now it appears almost certain that this could be achieved in the immediate future.”
Einstein continued on by saying that the Nazis were taking uranium from the mines of Czechoslovakia. Einstein offered to become a point of contact between the FDR administration and a group of physicists that could help to create atomic weapons for the United States. Einstein wanted “to speed up the experimental work, which is at present being carried on within the limits of the budgets of university laboratories.” At the time that he sent the letter, Einstein was at Nassau Point in Long Island, New York, which was a summer destination for the scientist.
That’s exactly where you see Einstein in this photo, looking quite comfortable while sitting on a rock with his shorts and sandals on, speaking with a man in a full suit named David Rothman. Rothman wasn’t a scientist or anything like that, but found Einstein to be quite friendly. Rothman owned a department store near Nassau Point when Einstein came in one day looking for something very specific.
Rothman knew who Einstein was, and said that he went into the store looking for sundials. Rothman didn’t have one in the store at the time, but because he was familiar with Einstein, was willing to go above and beyond to make sure he had one. Rothman had a sundial in his own backyard, taking Einstein to his home to give him his very own sundial. However, Einstein wasn’t looking for that. Instead, he was looking for sandals, and his German accent made it difficult for Rothman to understand in a case of classic comedy.
Einstein was quite popular around Nassau Point and there are plenty of stories similar to this one. Rothman’s son, Robert, recalls his youth when Einstein would spend his summers there. “I can still see him standing here with that big head of hair,” he said. “The hair was very unusual at that time for a man, and he used a white cotton rope for a belt – probably something that came off his sailboat.”
Einstein and the Rothman family had become good friends at Nassau Point, where Robert Rothman had entertained Einstein’s grandchildren. He wasn’t a brilliant scientist while on vacation, though, according to Rothman. “To us, he was just a bad sailor with funny hair and a funny accent,” he said. “People used to look out there and laugh at this strange guy in his sailboat going nowhere.”
When not sailing or hanging out with his new pals, Einstein was doing some very important work at his summer home. The year after his photo was taken in 1939, Einstein became a United States citizen where he became entrenched in the fight for civil rights for all citizens of the country, becoming one of the most recognizable Americans even during a time when movie stars were starting to take over in terms of celebrity status. It was in the United States where Einstein would spend the rest of his days.
Einstein ran into health problems during the late 1940s, though surgery had helped him to gather several more years of life. When he was 76 years old in April of 1955, Einstein’s surgically repaired abdomen had ruptured once again that caused internal bleeding. There was an option for surgery that could’ve saved his life, but Einstein insisted that it wasn’t for the best. “I want to go when I want,” he said. “It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share; it is time to go.” With that, Einstein passed away at 76 years old in Plainsboro, New Jersey.
Almost all modern scientists credit their passion for the field and one of their inspirations as Einstein, who truly left a massive impact on science. Einstein’s work earned him a Nobel Prize and many other awards, and he left behind some very memorable photos, as well. At the end of the day, even the people that seem the most astute and serious about their work are able to take themselves not so seriously, kicking back on vacation and standing out in the crowd as you can see here in his beloved Nassau Point.