(Missing) Typewriter of the moment: Albert Einstein


Einstein at his office desk, Princeton, New Jersey, circa 1955

Einstein at his office desk, Princeton, New Jersey, circa 1955

He wrote papers, and letters, long-hand.  Sometimes they would be typed up by an assistant, perhaps Helen Dukas.

The desk of Albert Einstein features a refreshing, bracing lack of technology.  No typewriter.  No telephone.  No radio.  No Dictaphone.  No intercom.  Pencils.  Is there even a ballpoint pen?  A chalkboard in back of the desk provided a large sketch pad for new ideas, and new trials of ideas, from the man who gave us nuclear power, gravity as a deformation of space, the speed of light as a firm constant in the universe, and relativity.

Somewhere there may be a typewriter Einstein actually used once or twice.  I’d like to know about it.

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Ralph Morse photo of Einstein's office the day he died, April 18, 1955 -- originally for Life Magazine, not published

Ralph Morse photo of Einstein's office the day he died, April 18, 1955 -- originally for Life Magazine, not published; via AllPosters. Note the antiquated telephone away from the desk, near the wall; Einstein's pipe and a tobacco tin appear the closest things to technology on the desk; is that a bottle of ink for a fountain pen next to the tobacco tin?

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3 Responses to (Missing) Typewriter of the moment: Albert Einstein

  1. […] Einstein’s desk and office in Princeton, New Jersey (no typewriter; can you find a telephone?) […]

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  2. I still remember seeing the big headline in the Long Island Daily Press the day after Einstein died.

    Steve Schwartzman

    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

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  3. jaycubed says:

    I don’t see a slide rule. There would certainly be at least one of those at close hand.

    He probably had a secretary/grad student to do his typing.

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