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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Einstein’s Flowers

The magus of modern physics accepted a big academic promotion with a display of flowers. What did they say (or withhold) that made roses better than a letter or a handshake?


Albert Einstein, a poor gardener, used roses to accept

a job offer from Max Planck, 1915

Image: Meet the Germans

Are floral meanings relative?

Yes and no. We base that on our own reading and experience, and now on the pronouncement and the behavior of Albert Einstein, too.

His general theory of relativity is beyond the scope of the human flower project (or at least beyond our own analytic powers) but the chronicle, spare though it may be, of his personal floral interests and neglect certainly falls within our sphere.

In his early days as a scholar, Einstein worked as the equivalent of an adjunct professor in Bern and Zurich, Switzerland (one early physics paper concerned the capillary force of a straw). He landed a better appointment in Prague in 1911 as his ideas about the structure and behavior of subatomic particles, the effects of gravity on light, and other philoso-physical theories gained ground in the international community of science. The mighty theoretician seems to have enjoyed his teaching duties except insofar as they interfered with his own research.

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