Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Quote: Albert Einstein


“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

-          Albert Einstein

(The above photograph, an iconic image, was taken in 1951.  Albert Einstein had attended the Princeton Clun for a celebration of his 72nd birthday and was besieged by photographers as he was leaving.  Pressed for “just one more” photo, tired from the day’s activities and having already smiled many times for the cameras, Einstein instead poked out his tongue.  The only photographer to catch it was UPI photographer Arthur Sasse.  The original pic included other people who were driving Einstein home.

Sasse’s editors were worried about publishing it but in the end decided to do so.  They needn’t have worried.  Not only was it one of the UPI’s most popular pics of Einstein, the man himself requested 9 copies and distributed them to friends as a greeting card. 

On June 19, 2009, the original photograph was sold at auction for $74,324, a record for an Einstein picture.)

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