Genius, 1933

Posted online: June 2017

Photograph: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better,” said Albert Einstein, who enjoyed sailing and the mind-clearing effects of the ocean air. Here, the renowned scientist stands at the edge of the sand during a brief stay in Santa Barbara after a visiting professorship at the California Institute of Technology. The same year, Einstein emigrated from Europe to the United States, when—despite Caltech’s ardent wooing—he chose to teach at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. During an earlier visit to the West Coast in 1931, Einstein and his second wife, Elsa Löwenthal, journeyed to Santa Barbara to visit their friends Dr. and Mrs. Ludwig Kast. The Einsteins toured various mansions and grounds, including El Fureidis, Val Verde, Casa Dorinda, Quien Sabe, and Las Tejas. While at the Museum of Natural History, Einstein said, “I can see that this museum has been built by the work of love.” The Einsteins then visited the mission and walked along the beach near the Miramar Hotel. Today, the scientist’s original Theory of Relativity is at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 21 W. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, 805-962-5322.

Taylor Ross

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One Comment

  1. Anne Luther

    18 years ago I wanted to move from New York City to Santa Barbara. My husband a huge Einstein fan, was very reluctant. I found this photo on line by chance and ordered a copy from the Santa Barbara Historical Society. In a silver frame I presented it to my husband as a Christmas gift. It sealed the deal and we have lived in SB, happily, ever since.

    June 27th, 2017 at 8:57 am (Reply)

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