“Einstein’s Arithmetic” – Bert Einstein Has an Argument About Change with a Berlin Tram Conductor

Posted on November 9th, 2012 by The British Newspaper Archive

It happens to the best of us…

We do love the gossipy stories in the Archive that report on the passing moments of people’s lives – especially if it involves somebody famous.

A wonderful example of such a brief encounter, is this story about Albert Einstein arguing with a Berlin tramcar conductor regarding the change given to him. We think this conductor sounds a rather formidable character. And we also love thinking about how this story managed to find its way into the papers – truly, it shows the power of ‘Chinese Whispers’.

But the story just goes to show that we have all days like this, and that these type of situations happen to the best of us.

It’s also interesting to learn about the terrific stories that Hull newspaper readers were reading about in the 1920s.

newspaper story about Einstein arguing with a Berlin tram conductor

Source: ‘Hull Daily Mail’ – Thursday 3 July 1924

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