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Einstein was born in Germany, speaking German. The Universität Bern is a university in Switzerland. The local language in Bern at the time was Swiss German, the written language in use was German. At that time Einstein published in German, as did the other German physicists. Even today, the Universität Bern communicates with students in German, unless ...


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As pointed out by tohuwawohu in a comment to the question (later moved to chat), the University of Bern has publicly rebutted this as a forgery, and not even a very good one (also Internet Archive copy): There is currently a forged letter going round on the internet. In the alleged historical writing of 1907, the University of Bern rejects Albert Einstein’...


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Well, just have a look at the stamp: An Einstein stamp, which would mean a Phd candidate already has his own stamp. Obviously the guy who made this letter did it as a joke and was not trying to fool people.


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The oldest confirmed use of any version of this quote that I was able to find is from Ray Cummings' short story The Time Professor, published in the Jan. 8, 1921 issue of Argosy All-Story Weekly (thanks to mgkrebbs for pointing this one out): "I do know what time is," Tubby declared. He paused. "Time," he added slowly -- "time is what keeps everything ...


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I wonder whether what you're recalling was the battle waged against Einstein by the Woman Patriot Corporation. The "corporation" was anti-suffragette in character, possibly anti-Jewish and certainly anti-communist and anti-pacifist. In 1932 the organisation filed a memorandum complaining about Einstein's return to the United States. They claimed, according ...


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according to the show, only the two of them know how to build the atomic bomb at this point This is historical nonsense. Several physicists realised that an atomic bomb might be possible shortly after the discovery of nuclear fission, notably Leo Szilard, a Hungarian living in the USA. He enlisted Einstein to sign a letter in August 1939 to President ...


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Einstein is recorded by Wikiquote as saying this in an interview with Liberal Judaism 16 (April-May 1949), which was presumably a magazine. At the time, the USA was the only power with nuclear weapons. The USSR tested its first one in August 1949, and it was something of a surprise that it had succeeded so soon. However, nobody was in the least surprised ...


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Looking over the various discussions of these and other similar quotes, leads to the conclusion that Einstein probably did not say any of these, exactly. I have found no direct attribution to Einstein of any of these quotes of 'six-year olds','barmaids' or 'grandmas' is mentioned. Of course you cant prove something doesn't exist. The closest, earliest ...


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