Why Einstein Just Got Ranked as History’s Greatest Hero

It’s heartening to see a scientist be so admired cross-culturally. Maybe humanity—for all its tribalism and sectarianism—is united, at least, in its respect for a commitment to uncover the secrets of nature.Wikicommons

Two predictions of Albert Einstein’s—one scientific, one sentimental—have recently been confirmed.

The first came early in 2016: the existence of . The second came late last month: the handsome price of a pair of notes Einstein wrote, in, had empty pockets but didn’t come up empty. He dished out some priceless wisdom to the young man—“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness,” he wrote in German—that went on to fetch, as Einstein foresaw, a hefty price. He told the bell boy, according to the Jerusalem-based auction house, Winner’s Auctions and Exhibition, that his note could be worth more than a tip someday. Someone bought it for $1.56 million. (Einstein’s second note to the bellboy, far more inexpensive at $250,000, was also more cliché: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”) It was far more than the auction house had predicted it’d go for: $5,000 to $8,000. The bellboy’s descendants, to the New York , were “elated by their new riches.”

Stai leggendo un'anteprima, registrati per continuare a leggere.

Altro da Nautilus

Nautilus5 min letti
To Beat COVID-19, Think Like a Fighter Pilot: How an aerial-combat theory can help fight the outbreak.
Colonel John Boyd was a legendary fighter pilot with the United States Air Force. As an instructor at the prestigious Fighter Weapons School, he became known as “40-second Boyd” because of a standing bet he offered that, starting from a disadvantage,
Nautilus6 min lettiSociety
The Superorganism That Created the Pandemic: A spotlight on the species that dominates the global ecosystem.
I’ve spent years adventuring in exotic parts of the world seeking out wildlife—weeks in tents in remote wildernesses, nights uncomfortably holed up in hides in rainforests. I’ve drifted through mangroves on boats, even lodged in a tree-canopy camp. A
Nautilus4 min letti
Be Wary of a Model That Shows a Decline in COVID-19 Deaths
On April 15, 2020, 2,271 people in the United States will die from COVID-19.That day, the U.S. will be short 61,509 hospital beds, 33,440 slots in intensive care units, and 26,753 ventilators. By August, the death toll will have climbed to 81,114. Ap