Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Einstein, Niels Bohr and Grandmothers … A Fairy Tale

From Beyond Einstein and Bohr’s science Play explores physicists’ love of fairy tales by Sebastian Murdock:

It wasn’t all equations and formulas for physics giants Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. In the midst of their debates and disagreements on quantum mechanics, they shared mutual philosophies on beauty, children and fairy tales.

Now, 79-year-old Len Barron — who looks quite a bit like Einstein himself — hopes to bring these philosophies to others in his new play, Einstein, Niels Bohr and Grandmothers … A Fairy Tale.

“Einstein and Neils Bohr were raised on fairy tales, so they learned at a very early age to believe in impossible things,” Barron says. “For them, fairy tales are the embodiment of our highest ideals, our sense for the possible. Fairy tales are really a state of mind, and this is what they said about children: ‘If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want your children to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.’”

The play was performed this past weekend in Boulder, Colorado, but I just discovered this article about it and had to share.


  1. This sounds great. I've always loved that Einstein equated intelligence with imagination and that he was so vehement about his love of fairy tales.

  2. Oh, THANK YOU, Heidi! This is so unexpected and so very interesting! Thanks also for the link!! The fairytales mark our lives in many ways, don't they?

  3. Love this! Exploring your blog more now.