Einstein’s Violin

Did you know that Albert Einstein was an amateur violinist? Einstein began taking violin lessons at age six and was playing Mozart’s sonatas at age 13.

“Music was far more than a sideline to Einstein’s work; it was central to everything he thought and did. ‘Music helps him when he is thinking about his theories,’ said Elsa,” Albert’s wife. (link).

The theories Elsa refers to include the theory of relativity, the mass-energy equivalence and countless others, some of which modern science still struggles to prove. And yet, with such a serious mind for science, music always occupied an important place in Einstein’s heart. “He rarely went anywhere without his battered violin case” (link). Perhaps it was at least partially because of his love for music that he was able to see the full potential of his genius realized. Albert and Elsa Einstein “hosted chamber music sessions at their own home every Wednesday night. Those sessions were sacrosanct: Einstein was forever rearranging his schedule to make sure he could be there” (link).

It is clear that he valued music in both his personal and professional life. As such Albert Einstein changed the world of theoretical physics as well as the world at large.