May 4, 2013 in Uncategorized
Einstein & Ghandi
Einstein was an admirer of Gandhi and a life long pacifist until Hitler had
conquered most of continental Europe. He (Einstein) was forced to make an
exception in the case of the Nazism. Einstein’s rationale: Nazism is a
disease that attacks the body of humanity and moves so fast by the time the
cure of pacifism has time to work the patient will already be dead. Einstein
was NOT aware of the progress made in an understanding of nuclear fission
when he was asked by Leo Szilard to write FDR and to recommend that America
take action and develop atomic weapons before Hitler gets his hands on that
Einstein did not work on the atomic question and he was not invited to work
in this area because the FBI had for many years had Einstein under
surveillance, he was considered to be a security risk, see the link below
… that post war article written by Einstein sums up his politics.
the atom Uranium had been split by a neutron. the work of Lise Meitner and
Otto Frisch in the 1930′s. It was Meitner that understood that the energy
release came in the form of mass to energy conversion according to
Einstein’s most well known equation, E=MC^2
After the war Einstein regretted sending FDR a letter and he worked to try
and keep an arms race from starting. That failed …
I wonder if the TIME MAGAZINE “Man of the Century” knew of Einstein
political beliefs? His was NOT Republican Party values … much the
contrary. Maybe TIME gave him a free pass, anyone but Einstein would have
had a very rough time making those political opinions be known. Probably why
the FBI had him watched. Talk about a waste of TAX dollars. Einstein would
have nominated Gandhi as that TIME person.
Respected Mr. Gandhi
I use the presence of your friend in our home to send you these lines.
You have shown through your works, that it is possible to succeed without
violence even with those who have not discarded the method of violence. We
may hope that your example will spread beyond the borders of your country,
and will help to establish an international authority, respected by all,
that will take decisions and replace war conflicts.
With sincere admiration,
(Signed, ‘A. Einstein’)
I hope that I will be able to meet you face to face some day.