How I Did Not Get to Meet Albert Einstein
Many people who write biographies of famous people are at pains to tell the reader about how they met and spent time with their subject. In the best case this gives the reader a feeling of personal intimacy with the individual whose life is being described; in the worst case the reader may get the feeling that the book is really nothing but simpleminded hero-worshipping. Since I did not get to meet Albert Einstein I do not fall into either category. However, I thought by telling you how I did not get to meet Einstein I could introduce both myself and Einstein.
In 1947 I entered Harvard University as a freshman. I was 17 and had no intention of studying science. However, like many people I had heard of Einstein and his theory of relativity. Somehow I had learned that according to Einstein moving clocks slow down and that massive objects become more massive when observed in motion; indeed, that when such objects approach the speed of light they become so massive that they can no longer be accelerated at all. I had also read somewhere that space is [curved] and that there is