"I was a visiting member of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study in 1955. It was a Good Friday in April and Einstein was looking for the Institute bus to take him back home to 112 Mercer Street. Being Good Friday, the driver was on holiday amd I offered to drive him home. We had a wonderful conversation and at one point he asked me what I was working on. I told him Lie groups. He then remarked, wagging his finger, that that will be very important. Actually, I was quite surprised that he knew who Lie was. About a week later Einstein was dead."
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Advent calendar #11: Prescient Einstein
From Bertram Kostant (Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at MIT) via Garrett Lisi @ Physics Forums comes the following anecdote: