An signed photograph of Albert Einstein

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An signed photograph of Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 - 18 April 1955) was a physicist and philosopher. His name is synonymous with depth of thought, originality and lateral thinking and is often considered one of the greatest intellectuals of all time. As the father of modern physics, he is best known for his theories of relativity that sought to explain the structure of the universe whilst his further work laid the foundations for the photon theory of light. Indeed, in 1921 he received the Nobel Prize in physics for his discovery of the law of photoelectric effect.

To look at this original photograph, part of my considerable collection that includes British and European monarchs and Prime Minsters (including Princess Diana letters)going back at least 1,000 years, as well as many famous people such as Horatio Nelson and Samuel Pepys, etc, one cannot help but to remark on the intensity of Einstein's expression, amplified by the use of beautiful high contrast black & white photography. If eyes are a window to the soul then clearly here is someone captured in thought on a level unattainable to most others.

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