"He didn't look like much at first. He was
too fat and his head was so big his mother feared it was misshapen or
damaged. He didn't speak until he was well past 2, and even then with a
strange echolalia that reinforced his parents' fears. He threw a small
bowling ball at his little sister and chased his first violin teacher from
the house by throwing a chair at her. There was in short, no sign, other
than the patience to build card houses 14 stories high, that little child
would grow up to be 'the new Copernicus,' proclaiming a new theory of
nature, in which matter and energy swapped faces, light beams bent, the
stars danced and space and time were as flexible and elastic as bubblegum.
No clue to suggest that he would help send humanity lurching down the road
to the atomic age, with all its promise and dread, with the stroke of his
pen on a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, certainly no
reason to suspect that his image would be on T‑shirts, coffee mugs, posters
and dolls..... Albert Einstein!"