Brenda Maddox

Maybe He Does Play Dice

Einstein: His Life and Universe

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With his wild hair, merry eyes, baggy T-shirt and sockless ankles, Albert Einstein (1879–1955) looked the way the world wants a scientist to look. ‘Why does everybody love me when nobody understands me?’ he puzzled. Some of the explanation for his celebrity may lie in a gift for aphorism that has been compared to Oscar Wilde’s.

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