Impressions of Albert Einstein
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Fifty years ago a junior employé of the Patent Office in Bern was in the habit, whenever the chief, Haller by name, made his rounds, of causing a batch of papers to vanish into a drawer, and quickly taking out others on which were written his reports on the patent specifications. I think it unlikely that Haller did not notice this. Why should he object, since he was satisfied with the employé’s work? After vehement protests on the part of applicants against the reports of the office based on his work had been successfully rebutted, Haller would sit, of an evening, over a Swiss cigar and a mug of wine and contentedly remark to no one in particular “We’ll show them who is God Almighty” (“where God Almighty sits”).
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