On today’s Talk of the Nation – Science Friday, Ira Flatow commemorated Einstein’s 126th by interviewing Dennis Overbye, science correspondent at The New York Times. The audio of this segment is available here. A recording of a 1979 interview with some of Einstein’s colleagues and students provides a very personal touch.
When I was in Junior High School, we had a somewhat overbearing substitute teacher, who one day asked us to name some famous person who would be remembered by history. My hand was first in the air, but when I said Einstein, she checked me by saying that Einstein was merely a scientist, whereas Albert Schweitzer was doing really important work.
Of course both were worthy in their own way. But-as the NPR piece indicated-Einstein was America’s first rock star.