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.
- Life Magazine photographer Ralph Morse captured photos of Einstein’s office the morning after Einstein’s death; note the tobacco tin
- One of Morse’s photos shows a telephone — antiquated by 1955 standards. See the photo below
- I’m Revolting adds another of the Life Magazine photos from Ralph Morse; the magazine at the lower right corner of the desk is a philosophy journal
- Mani . . . Illustrated features a photo that looks like yet another of Morse’s
- Morse’s photos, and the stories that go with them, were finally published in April 2010, at the Life Magazine Archives.