Einstein’s Genius and Humility
Albert Einstein probably the most renowned physicist of the 20th century was not only famous for his genius but also for his humility. “I have no special talents,” he said. “I am only passionately curious.”
Nevertheless, his theory of relativity, his contribution to the theory of atomic energy, his concepts about space and time and a great deal more, completely revolutionized scientific thinking for the 20th century and beyond.
And although his theories made it possible for future generations to exploit the power of the atom he was a pacifist and very concerned about the destructive potential of the atom bomb and its implications for humanity.
He believed in the importance of communication and empathy in resolving conflicts.
“Peace cannot be kept by force,” he wrote. “It can only be achieved by understanding.”
Albert Einstein wrote with a small, angular and rather regular hand.
Sharp angles can sometimes show aggression but in Einstein’s handwriting you will notice how fine the angular connections are. He was no fighter. The angles in his handwriting are purely of an intellectual nature and show his investigative and intellectual curiosity.
In his handwriting, the high t-bars refer to his theoretical leanings and idealistic values while the small, even-sized words, clear spacing and closely dotted i’s point to his unwavering concentration and meticulous attention to detail.
Einstein’s fully connected handwriting points to a logical style of thinking. But it also shows intellectual intuition in the elegant finesse and the tiny pauses that break the words up now and then like small breathing spaces.
There is also some elegance in the design of the capital “E” of his signature.
The capital “A” in Einstein’s signature shows an aesthetic appreciation of beauty and simplicity and indeed his equations are known for their beautiful simplicity.
He saw majesty and beauty in the universe and though he was not formally religious he had a depth of spirituality. It’s also interesting to note that he was an accomplished violinist.
Einstein’s Eccentric Sense of Humour
Einstein may have taken some satisfaction in his reputation as something of an eccentric.
He wore odd matching clothes and his wild, unruly hair was one of his most famous trademarks. He reportedly never combed it and sometimes even used a motorcycle helmet to flatten it down!
He refused to learn how to drive a car and preferred riding his bicycle even to lectures which he delivered without socks!
“Even on the most solemn occasions, I got away without wearing socks and hid the lack of civilisation in high boots,” he wrote to his cousin, Elsa.
A Letter to Tesla
Einstein was in contact with many geniuses of his time.
Here is a letter that he wrote to Tesla:
When you look at his handwriting with its straight lines, even size and clear inter-line spacing you realize that his real personality was cultured and indeed rather conservative despite his eccentricities.
Clearly there is a great deal more to discuss about his handwriting and personality.
At any rate, Einstein’s handwriting is featured In The Mark of Genius where you will also see many more handwriting samples of geniuses together with detailed descriptions explaining each handwriting illustration.