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Einstein in Princeton

This is taken from a lovely little website that chronicles Einstein’s time in Princeton, New Jersey. He left Germany a month before Hitler came to power and lived in Princeton from that point on, working at the Institute of Advanced Study. As I mentioned in the previous post, he lived at 112 Mercer Street, which is right around the corner from the campus. The definition of the absent-minded professor, the following exchange is a perfect illustration of a man lost in thought:

Princetonians loved to joke about Einstein as the absent-minded professor. And absent-minded he could be.

Someone once called the dean’s office for directions. “How do I get to Albert Einstein’s home?” the caller asked. When the man at the dean’s office said he couldn’t give out those directions, there was a pause on the other end. Then, a sigh, and a response: “This is Albert Einstein. I got lost walking home from the campus.”

Another anecdote was taken a few years before he died:

Einstein never lost his sense of humor.

The year before he died, he was laughing with Griffin over a letter he got from a Catholic priest friend. The priest wrote that he prayed for Einstein every day through the Virgin Mary — and that Einstein shouldn’t mind, since she was a nice Jewish girl.

The image is taken from Getty Images. In fact, it is a still from home videos of Einstein in Princeton and is well worth a look.

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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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