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[文化博览] 【整理】2012-04-13 阿尔伯特·爱因斯坦 Einstein—13

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[Homework]2012-04-13 阿尔伯特·爱因斯坦 Einstein—13

They said, if we bring Einstein here, people will look at this and say, Berlin is where the action is. It's worth whatever it takes to get him here.
On July 11th, 1913, two men arrived at the Zurich train station, Max Planck and Walter Nernst, a renowned German chemist. They're hoping that their personal appeal will persuade the rebellious young scientist to return to his German homeland.
Two men, middle aged guys and dark clothes get off the train, and they go find Einstein. They are so different, Max Planck is very proper Prussian, always very well dressed, well groomed, wearing the monocle, talking in very formal tones. And there's Einstein who is refusing, even back then, to comb his hair, and dressed in, we know, sort of old coats and however he feels like it, already starting not to wear socks. They make a great offer to him. He'll be a professor in University of Berlin, he'll be a member of the Prussian Academy. He won't really have to teach classes. He'll have all the research help he needs.
It was Planck, it was Nernst, it was Prussina Academy of Sciences. It was the entire world of physics that had said no. Bearing down and saying, we want you. Einstein did not answer the offer.
Einstein says, why don't you just go take a trip of the rest of the afternoon up the mountain? He said, I'll meet you at the train station when you come back. I'll be carrying a bunch of flowers, and if the flowers are red, I'm coming to Germany. And if the flowers are white, sorry, no go. Thanks for coming. I've made the arguement that Einstein delayed his answer to this question, in part because he sort of wanted to live with the pleasure of being so deeply sought after. But it's certainly true that this was not simply a snap decision.
As he often does, when he has a difficult problem to solve, Einstein takes a long walk. Zurich was comfortable. There was lots to love there, you know, you don't just sort of walk away from that. His wife really wants to stay in Zurich. On the other hand, they've offered him the greatest job imaginable.

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