Elsa Einstein Explains

Elsa Einstein Explains

Jul 27

A song from “Voices From the Other Side”. Video shot at the Tel Aviv Folk Club.

I was inspired to write this song after reading Walter Isaacson’s wonderful biography of Albert Einstein. At one point, he describes how Albert and Elsa (his second wife) were visiting at the Pasadena laboratory of Prof. Edward Hubble (after whom the Hubble Space Telescope was named).

Prof. Hubble, giving a somewhat patronizing introduction to the massive equipment he used in his astronomical observations, said: “Frau Einstein, with this apparatus, we measure the size and shape of the universe.”

Elsa paused, sniffed, and said: “Oh. My husband does that on the back of an envelope every day.”