Albert Einstein (German, Swiss, American, 1879-1955). Autographed Scroll with drawing and poem. 1922. Japan.
Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.
Gift of Janet K. Yamamoto.
Sanehiko Yamamoto, a leading publisher and political figure in Japan, arranged a tour of his country for Albert Einstein in 1922. During his visit, Einstein delivered lectures to seven Japanese universities. At Keio University, he gave a marathon six-hour lecture on relativity. At Kyoto University, he delivered an impromptu speech about the origin of his famous theory. In gratitude of the visit and hospitality, Einstein created this scroll for Yamamoto. The drawing portrays Einstein at a blackboard explaining his theory of relativity. While the rhyming, self-parodying poem provides a glimpse of his humorous side.