An Interview with Albert Einstein
Interviewer: Today in the studio with us the most famous scientist of all times and nations Albert Einstein. We all now that he is dead but it didn’t prevent us from taking him an imaginary interview. You will probably ask how. Quite frankly, we’ve cheated a little bit. Albert Einstein is the third most quoted man in the English language after Shakespeare and Benjamin Franklin, so we took the most famous of his quotations and made up an interview.
Question: To begin, Professor, can you give us a brief explanation of the theory of relativity?
Einstein: Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT’S relativity!
Q: O.K. that’s very clear. I’m glad to say that now I understand your theory better. Now can you explain the concept of Infinity?
Einstein: Only two things are infinite, the Universe and human stupidity, and, to tell the truth, I am not sure about the Universe.
Q: Did you ever find that you had been wrong about something?
Einstein: Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried anything new.
Q: When you are doing research on a project, are you always aware of the direction it is going?
Einstein: It’s a good job I don’t. If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
Q: Are you aware that you have set an example and have been an influence for young scientists all over the world?
Einstein: All being well, setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.
Q: What’s the difference between an intellectual and a genius?
Einstein: Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
Q: Are there any absolutes or certainties in life?
Einstein: Certainties? Funnily enough, nothing in this world is certain but death and taxes.
Q: I heard you have many friends that come from great distances to visit you and learn from your sage advice.
Einstein: Yes! but I will say this about them all, “Guests, like fish begin to smell after three days.”
Q: The last to questions, Professor, and we finish. Has your outlook on life changed much since your younger days?
Einstein: To be perfectly honest I must admit that when you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
Q: And the last one: what would you say is one of life’s great tragedies?
Einstein: Life’s great tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.