Albert Einstein's office - just as the Nobel Prize-winning physicist left it - taken hours after Einstein died. Princeton, New Jersey, April 1955. [1024x804]


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  • this is the old school equivalent of having a bunch of tabs open.
  • Messy desktop?
  • Can't even see his wallpaper!
  • No, the equivalent of that would be to have loads of jazz mags lying around.
  • On the way, I stopped and bought a case of scotch. I knew people might be reluctant to talk, but most people are happy to accept a bottle of booze, instead of money, in exchange for their help. Got to love the old days when a bottle of scotch was all you needed.
  • I think the last picture in that set shows Einstein's brain in a jar. There were rumors it had been removed as part of the autopsy, but nothing was confirmed at the time. Later, an editor sent Steven Levy (who would go on to be a famous tech journalist) to find Einstein's brain. This is the Ted Talk he would later give on his search.
  • Can you imagine an editor using that kind of discretion these days?
  • These days, everyone has a camera in their pocket. The biggest reason for the editor's discretion (aside from taste), is the knowledge that his photographer was the only one with pictures. If there'd been a possibility that someone else might get the scoop on them, I suspect discretion would have been less likely. And because any bystander would take pictures today, it is different. If Life isn't going to buy/print the photos, then any of a myriad of others will.
  • i'm so glad that TIME went out of their way to make their site objectively impossible to look at on a laptop monitor without contracting claustrophobia
  • Right, I don't even describe myself as claustrophobic, but TIME's website does of pretty good job of making me rethink that.
  • So some other editor came along 60 years later and decided "screw it, we're running the photos that we were asked NOT to run." Good for you, LIFE Magazine--embrace being assholes. I just don't get it...am I missing something?
  • The magazine were asked to respect the family's privacy while they were grieving and the editor did that. I would hope that 60 years was enough time for that. Edit: Clarity
  • It's now 60 years later, the morning period is over by a few decades at least. I can't imagine that someone from the family would have an issue now, but, I suppose it's possible.
  • Einstein's immediate family is now years removed from his death, is no longer grieving and, in some cases, are dead themselves.
  • Time heals all wounds? Even top secret stuff becomes declassified after 50 years. It's part of history now.
  • Not EVERY picture was tasteful or appropriate to publish.
  • I'm curious why this article states he died from heart disease and Wikipedia says he died from a ruptured aortic aneurysm.
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