Albert Einstein Gets Yarn-Bombed

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Here’s a brand new type of string theory: Albert Einstein has been yarn-bombed.

Via DCist:

People headed into the National Academy of Sciences this morning passed by a curious sight: The institution’s memorial of Albert Einstein was covered in yarn from head to toe, resulting in a colorful oddity that greeted researchers and other staffers on their way into the office.

Here’s what Albert usually looks like (with me in his lap, circa 2009):

The Einstein Memorial is among my favorite spots to bring visitors in Washington DC. It addresses not only his scientific accomplishments but also his deeply held beliefs about human rights and the grandeur of the universe. The memorial features many great quotes, including the following:

The right to search for truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.

Einstein was called a fraud and experienced political attacks on his work by what was considered the “anti-relativity” movement. Being Jewish and a pacifist didn’t help him any, either. “This world is a strange madhouse,” he wrote to a friend in 1920. “Currently, every coachman and every waiter is debating whether relativity theory is correct. Belief in this matter depends on political party affiliation.”

You can guess where I’ll be biking after work.

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About the author: Michael Halpern is an expert on political interference in science and solutions to reduce suppression, manipulation, and distortion of government science. See Michael's full bio.

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2 Responses

  1. Richard Halpern says:

    I really like all of this blog. The statue covering is just plain fun. Seeing you in Einstein’s lap makes me realize how much your job has advanced your personal thinking. Keep up the good work.

    • Michael Halpern says:

      Thanks, Dad. Sadly, I didn’t get down there in time to see it in person. But it’s still an excellent statue! We’ll go the next time you visit.