Blog: Einstein in the NewsTHE EINSTEIN CONUNDRUM: Will we know next one when we see him?
Thursday, March 17, 2005 He didn't look like much at first. He was too fat and his head was so big his mother feared it was misshapen or damaged. He-didn't speak until he was well past 2, and even then with a strange echolalia that reinforced his parents' fears. He beaned his little sister with a bowling ball and chased his first violin teacher from the house by throwing a chair at her.
There was, in short, no sign, other than the patience to build card houses 14 stories high, that little Albert Einstein would grow up to be "the new Copernicus," proclaiming a new theory of nature, in which matter and energy swapped faces, light beams bent, the stars danced, and space and time were as flexible and elastic as bubble gum.
No clue to suggest that he would help send humanity lurching down the road to the atomic age, with all its promise and dread, with the stroke of his pen on a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, certainly no reason to suspect that his image would be on T- shirts, calendars, coffee mugs, posters and dolls.
Einstein's modest beginnings are a perennial source of comfort to parents who would like to hope, against the odds, that their little cutie can grow up to be a world beater.
Full story from the Lexington Herald-Leader. posted by Einstein A to Z