I just heard a radio interview of Walter Isaacson, who has written a new biography of Albert Einstein. He discusses Einstein's estrangement from his family. In 1915 he was living in Berlin and his wife and children were in Zurich. His son, Hans Albert, wrote to him asking why he never visited, and telling him that his mother had promised him a pair of skis for Christmas as long as his father agreed to pay for them. Albert responded that the borders were closed, he was having a tough time on his own, there was nothing to eat in Berlin, and 70 Swiss francs was far too much for skis!
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4/18/07 at 3:29pm