Academic journal article English Journal

A Class with Einstein

Academic journal article English Journal

A Class with Einstein

Article excerpt

For Marvin Friedman

I corner my uncle at a wedding

Because frankly, he is fading

Once he mentioned he had taken

A class with Einstein

And now I want to know quickly

"What did you study with him?"

"Science," says my uncle

And he's not even smiling

I take a breath and ask if he can be more specific

"It's a long time ago," says my uncle

"There were many topics"

And he puts his hand to his head

"But what was the focus of the course?" I ask

"What do you think Einstein wanted you to

Get out of the course more than anything else?"

"You're asking a big question," says my uncle

"Well just give me a little piece of it," I urge

It is a long moment and he says,

"Einstein figured out how to transmute himself and

Disperse himself into the farthest corners of the universe"

Another long pause and my uncle says,

"You think I'm kidding? …

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