Happy Pi-Day

Einstein was born 133 years ago today.

Today is March 14th, which means all around the world people in-the-know are celebrating Pi-Day. They might also be celebrating the anniversary of the birth of one Albert Einstein.

I recently picked up a book titled Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein’s Letters To And From Children. I stumbled on it while meandering through Chapters. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, I was just wandering to clear my head.

Serendipitously, I turned a corner and the book almost leapt off the shelf and into my hands. I randomly opened the book – to page 113 – and found the following translated letter from Einstein to his niece:

To Elisabeth Ley, Stuttgart (September 30, 1920)

Dear Miss Ley,

Elsa tells me that you are unhappy because you didn’t get to see your Uncle Einstein. Therefore I will tell you what I look like: pale face, long hair, and a modest paunch. In addition, an awkward gait, a cigar – if I happen to have one – in the mouth, and a pen in the pocket or hand. But this uncle doesn’t have bowed legs or warts, and is therefore quite handsome; and neither does he have hair on his hands, as ugly men often do. So indeed it is a pity that you didn’t get to see me. 

With warm greetings from your Uncle Einstein

I couldn’t help but smile at Einstein’s sense of humour. I bought the book without a second thought.

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