April 26, 2004

Diary chronicles Einstein's last years

Very cool - the person who took care of Einstein during his last few years of life kept a diary. She had tried to get it published but didn't meet with success and only when a Princeton librarian was doing some research on her did they find the diary. From the Priceton Weekly Bulletin: bq. Librarians at Princeton University have discovered a diary written by one of Albert Einstein's closest friends, a woman who recorded the scientist's day-to-day thoughts and activities during the last year and a half of his life. bq. The diary, written by Johanna Fantova, a former Princeton librarian, relates Einstein's musings on subjects, profound and mundane, from physics and current events to the tribulations of growing old. Fantova, who knew Einstein for more than 25 years, chronicled their regular conversations in more than 200 diary entries. bq. In an introduction to the diary, Fantova wrote that she intended it to "cast some additional light on our understanding of Einstein, not the great man who became a legend during his own lifetime, not on Einstein the renowned scientist, but on Einstein, the humanitarian." The article has excerpts from the diary. This will be a fascinating book when it comes out... Posted by DaveH at April 26, 2004 9:43 AM