Albert Einstein is quoted: That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes. Secret to learning? Probably not to Einstein. No stranger to sharing knowledge and advice with young minds. Here is an Einstein story about learning in a letter to his son.
We are fans of Albert Einstein, there is no doubt (see our earlier post: The Wisdom of Albert Einstein … A Man Ahead of His Time). There is probably more to an Einstein story and philosophy outside of science than in his world within science and many great stories.
We recently read a very interesting article from Brain Picking’s Weekly. Ever read from this weekly? Always chock full of interesting reads. Certainly the case here, especially since we are such fans of Albert Einstein. It is a story we will share with you.
In 1915, aged thirty-six, Einstein was living in war-torn Berlin. His estranged wife, Mileva, and their two sons, Hans Albert Einstein and Eduard “Tete” Einstein, lived in comparatively safe Vienna. On November 4 of that year, having just completed the two-page masterpiece on the theory of general relativity, Einstein sent 11-year-old Hans Albert the following letter, found in Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children (public library).
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My dear Albert,
Yesterday I received your dear letter and was very happy with it. I was already afraid you wouldn’t write to me at all any more. You told me when I was in Zurich, that it is awkward for you when I come to Zurich. Therefore I think it is better if we get together in a different place, where nobody will interfere with our comfort. I will in any case urge that each year we spend a whole month together, so that you see that you have a father who is fond of you and who loves you. You can also learn many good and beautiful things from me, something another cannot as easily offer you. What I have achieved through such a lot of strenuous work shall not only be there for strangers but especially for my own boys. These days I have completed one of the most beautiful works of my life, when you are bigger, I will tell you about it.
I am very pleased that you find joy with the piano. This and carpentry are in my opinion for your age the best pursuits, better even than school. Because those are things which fit a young person such as you very well. Mainly play the things on the piano which please you, even if the teacher does not assign those. That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes. I am sometimes so wrapped up in my work that I forget about the noon meal. . . .
Be with Tete kissed by your
Regards to Mama.
A great Einstein story, yes?
Einstein was never short of good ideas was he? And those ideas were not limited to science.
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