Albert Einstein is one of the most influential members of the scientific community, as well as all of mankind. His works still stand today, and some of his theoretical work stands as the literal building blocks of the scientific world. His theory of relativity is by far one of the most powerful and well-known theories he ever established, spanning worlds far outside the strictly scientific world he placed it in.
A letter he wrote his son about that the connection between his theory of relativity and the atomic bombs, captured $62,500 at an auction, and it wasn’t even the biggest grab. In all, $420,000 was generated during the auction of documents, which was handled by a firm that deals in strictly antique documents. One of the most notable letters, which was with an individual who he corresponded with twice was on the subject of God, and read, “You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of the nature and our being.”
It appeared as though there wasn’t a subject that Einstein was afraid of hitting. Joseph Maddalena, who is the founder of Profiles in History said of the letters, and Einstein as a whole that, “We all know about what he accomplished, how he changed the world with the theory of relativity. But these letters show the other side of the story. How he advised his children, how he believed in God.”
Strangely, the seller of these documents remains anonymous. The person who actually owned the documents hasn’t come forward, and no one in the science community has gathered enough information to know who would have owned these documents, and then decided it was time to unleash them into the public world. Now though, whoever that person is, they are significantly better off, as the payout for selling these documents was clearly massive. This though is something that will continue to be debated and talked about for decades and hundreds of years, as Einstein will live forever with his work that he had completed over a lifetime, which was well beyond anything that had been accomplished to date.