The Internet was on fire yet again with another high-profile trolling incident involving some famous names. . . from over a century ago. Everyone seems to be talking about a recently released letter from Albert Einstein to pioneering female physicist Marie Curie telling her not to sweat the “reptiles” a.k.a. trolls of their day.
The year was 1911 and haters were hating on Nobel Prize winner Curie who was denied a seat in the French Academy of Sciences, possibly because she was a woman, an atheist and for having a scandalous relationship with a married man, fellow scientist Paul Langevin who, at the time, was estranged from his wife.
Einstein’s letter of support was recently posted online, among 5,000 of his personal papers as part the Digital Einstein Papers, and shows that even geniuses like Curie landed under a microscope of unfair criticism. Here’s Einstein’s letter:
This letter is just one small glimpse into the treasure trove of Einstein’s papers now online for the world to read. For more, visit the Digital Einstein Papers.