My Friend, Albert Einstein
He was one of the greatest scientists the world hasever known, yet if I had to convey the essence 2 ofAlbert Einstein in a single word, I would choosesimplicity. Perhaps an anecdote 3 will help. Once,caught in a downpour, he took off his hat and held itunder his coat. Asked why, he explained, withadmirable logic , that the rain would damage thehat, but his hair would be none the worse4 for its wetting. This knack for going instinctively tothe heart of a matter was the secret of his major scientific discoveries — this and hisextraordinary feeling for beauty.
I first met Albert Einstein in 1935 , at the famous Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. 5 He had been among the first to be invited to the Institute, and was offered carte blanche6as to salary. To the director's dismay, Einstein asked for an impossible sum: it was far toosmall. The director had to plead with him to accept a larger salary.
I was in awe of7 Einstein, and hesitated before approaching him about some ideas I had beenworking on. When I finally knocked on his door, a gentle voice said, “Come ”—with a risinginflection that made the single word both a welcome and a question. I entered his office andfound him seated at a table, calculating and smoking his pipe. Dressed in ill-fitting clothes, hishair characteristically awry8 , he smiled a warm welcome . His utter naturalness at once set meat ease.
As I began to explain my ideas, he asked me to write the equations on the blackboard so hecould see how they developed. Then came the staggering — and altogether endearing —request: "Please go slowly. I do not understand things quickly." This from Einstein! He said itgently, and I laughed. From then on, all vestiges of fear were gone.
Ⅰ. Fill in the blanks with proper words of the passage:
1. If I have to describe Albert Einstein in a single word, I would choose_______（单纯）.
2. Caught in a_______（倾盆大雨）, I have got a bad cough.
3. In the hometown of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, there are many _______（轶事）about him.
4. To my _______（沮丧）, my father doesn't buy me the Walkman I like best.
5. Helen Keller isso strong-minded a person that I am _______（敬畏）her.
Ⅱ. Questions :
After reading this passage , do you have a new understanding of this famous person, AlbertEinstein? If yes, then what is it?
Ⅰ. 1. simplicity 2. downpour 3. anecdotes 4.dismay 5 . in awe of Ⅱ. Yes, I have a newunderstanding of him. I find he is not only a greatscientist but also a simple man. He is polite and kindto the young people. Also he is a little humorous.
阿尔伯特· 爱因斯坦是世界上最伟大的科学家之一，然而如果要用一个词来形容他的话，那就是单纯。还是看一段他的轶事吧。一次，爱因斯坦遇上了倾盆大雨， 他便摘下帽子把它夹在上衣里。问他为什么这样做，他的解释真是妙极了：大雨会淋坏帽子，而头发淋一 下却无伤大雅。他具有一把抓住事物核心的天赋，而且对美有着独特的感受，这是他探索重大科学发现的诀窍所在。
我第一次见阿尔伯特· 爱因斯坦是1935 年，在新泽西州普林斯顿镇著名的高等研究院。他是首批被邀请到研究院工作的，院方给予的待遇是一张签好字的空白支票。令院长沮丧的是，爱因斯坦的要求让你难以接受：他索要甚少。院长不得不恳求他多索要一些薪水。