Two weeks before Einstein died he was visited by a historian of science. They sat in Einstein's study and discussed some of his illustrious predecessors in the evolution of physics... 'After a few moments Einstein entered the room and Miss Dukas introduced us. He greeted me with a warm smile, went into the adjacent bedroom and returned with his pipe filled with tobacco.'
On a Sunday morning in April, two weeks before the death of Albert Einstein, I sat and talked with him about the history of scientific thought and great men in the physics of the past.
I had arrived at the Einstein home, a small frame house with green shutters, at 10 o'clock in the morning and was greeted by Helen Dukas, Einstein's secretary and housekeeper. She conducted me to a cheerful room on the second floor at the back of the house. This was Einstein's study. It was lined on two walls with books from floor to ceiling and contained a large low table laden with pads of paper, pencils, trinkets, books and a collection of well-worn pipes. There was a phonograph and records. Dominating the room was a large window with a pleasant green view. On the remaining wall were portraits of the two founders of the electromagnetic theory – Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell.