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PostPosted: Tue October 21st, 2008, 18:10 GMT 

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http://www.snopes.com/quotes/einstein/bees.asp

^^^ here is a link to a post on Snopes about the alleged quote by Einstein re: bees.

It seems every once in awhile someone has a quote come from Einstein in order to make the subject seem weightier than if someone else said it.

Here is a similar story about Einstein and "compound interest" on Snopes:
http://www.snopes.com/quotes/einstein/interest.asp


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PostPosted: Tue October 21st, 2008, 18:17 GMT 
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what about the one with the hand on the stove and
the pretty girl?


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PostPosted: Wed October 22nd, 2008, 14:00 GMT 
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It seems every once in awhile someone has a quote come from Einstein in order to make the subject seem weightier than if someone else said it
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For sure. Back in the day when I was a Google Answers researcher, someone asked for a verifiable citation on the supposed Einstein quote:
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"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."


Unsuccessful in find a definitive attribution, I contacted The Albert Einsten Archives in Israel, which told me they had no record of Einstein ever writing or saying such a thing and they felt its authenticity doubtful, as Einstein probably would have crafted a more elegant metaphor, even as a joke.

Interestingly, at least to me :lol: , both the "cat" and "stove" quote appear in a comic article written by a Steve Mirsky for Scientific American in 2002, which cites that the "stove" quote was "...actually the abstract from a short paper written by Einstein that appeared in the now defunct Journal of Exothermic Science and Technology (JEST, Vol. 1, No. 9; 1938)." Note the journal's acronym. :D

The girl/stove analogy, which in full is; "When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity." apparently was an explanation of relativity Einstein gave to his secretary Helen Dukas to use with non-scientists and reporters looking for the 19 and 50s version of a sound bite, and was first printed in Best Quotes of '54, '55, '56 (1957) edited by James B. Simpson.

The "bees" quote appears to have originated in 19 and 94 in a pamphlet circulated by "The National Union of French Apiculture." As mudcakecreature and Snopes notes, attributing a quote to a great man is a great method of getting attention for your argument. As well as Einstein, there are dozens of quotes attributed to Abe Lincoln where no one can dtermine whether he actually said them or not.

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PostPosted: Wed October 22nd, 2008, 18:42 GMT 
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As fans of Doctor Who can tell you, the bees have escaped to the Medusa Cascade.


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