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dArKeR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 04:00 PM
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Hair-raising tales of Einstein's last lover
New York - The foibles of Albert Einstein were fodder for the intimate journal of his last girlfriend, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

Johanna Fantova, 22 years his junior and a former curator of maps in the Firestone Library at Princeton University, had the unique honour of putting her scissors to the legendary physicist's white mane.

Her manuscript, typewritten in German, was found in Fantova's personnel file by researchers looking for biographical information to go along with a journal article about the poems Einstein wrote her.

"Unless a similar discovery is made in the future, this new manuscript from Firestone Library is the only extant diary that anyone close to Einstein has kept, at least of this final period of his life," wrote Alice Calaprice in an article describing the diary to be published next month in The Princeton University Library Journal.
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lebkuchen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 09:59 AM
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1. Einstein's comments on Christians trying to convert him:
Besides his politics, Fantova wrote of Einstein's popularity and how he tried to write back to strangers, some of whom tried to convert him to Christianity. He said, "All the maniacs in the world write to me," she wrote.

and this:

The diary recounts Einstein speaking about the politics of the day and portrays him as critical of speeches of Adlai Stevenson, the nuclear arms race and the anti-communist attack on the scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer by Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

"This political persecution of his associate was a source of bitter disillusionment," Fantova wrote.

If Einstein were alive today, the Bush adminstration would scare the shit out of him.

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