How did theoretical physicist and scientific genius Albert Einstein spend his summers? Why, by sailing the open seas, of course! With a pipe dangling from his mouth and wind in his wiry white hair, TIME’s Person of the Century spent his leisurely time under the sun. Check out these photos of Einstein chilling!
E = mc² is the “world’s most famous equation” and it’s all thanks to the superior intelligence of German-born scientist, Albert Einstein. When he wasn’t burying his nose in investigative paperwork or experimenting with the laws of physics, he enjoyed his time in the great outdoors. According to his grandson, Bernhard Caesar Einstein, Albert liked to go sailing.
“At Saranac Lake, he enjoyed sailing with his grandfather. Apparently Albert Einstein’s favorite time to sail was when there was very little wind. According to Bernard, his grandfather enjoyed the challenge of harnessing whatever little bit of breeze he could capture. The sailing tradition was carried on by Albert’s son, Hans Albert, who loved to sail with Bernard and Bernard’s children on the San Francisco Bay.”
It’s hard to imagine one of the most revered figures in history—a Nobel Prize for Physics awardee—being so carefree. But just like most dads and grandads, Einstein liked to “hangout” at the beach and spend idyllic summers relaxing. He also liked to play a bit of sports and, in the rare personal photos below, you’ll even see him playing around with a puppet version of himself!
“Bernard first met his grandfather Albert when he was two years old. As a boy he travelled alone to spend time with Albert in New Jersey, and at Saranac Lake in upstate New York. Bernard recounted to his son Thomas that he used to irritate his grandfather because he would urinate out the window directly above Albert’s study in Princeton.”
Of course, a man like him deserves all the rest he can get, after all that he’s contributed to mankind, including developing the general theory of relativity, discovering the law of the photoelectric effect (the roots of quantum theory), even alerting President Franklin D. Roosevelt of Germany’s use of atomic weapons in World War II, suggesting that U.S. begin research on nuclear fission as a weapon and later signing the Russell–Einstein Manifesto which posed the danger of nuclear elements in wartime use.
But Einstein possessed a humorous mind as well, as evidenced in this iconic photo of him sticking out his tongue, which recently went for a whopping $74,324 at an auction. After Einstein’s death, fellow physicist Robert Oppenheimer said, “There was always with him a wonderful purity at once childlike and profoundly stubborn.”
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