12. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not more so. 
      –Albert Einstein


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Albert Einstein first came to Princeton in May 1921—the year he won the Nobel Prize in Physics—to lecture on his theory of relativity and accept an honorary degree.  He returned in 1933 to join the nascent Institute for Advanced Study, which was housed in Princeton University’s mathematics building until establishing a separate campus six years later.  Though never a member of the Princeton faculty, Einstein taught a University seminar on the mathematics of relativity and often helped students with math problems.  His presence in the community enhanced the University’s academic stature and drew other top scholars to the town.  Despite international celebrity for his scientific discoveries and world peace advocacy, Einstein avoided ostentation and believed in universal simplicity and harmony.  He lived at 112 Mercer Street until his death in 1955.

  • To learn more about Albert Einstein, see Café Vivian picture #90.

  • To learn more about Nobel Prize recipients, see quotation #6, 13, 24,29, 33, and 34, and Café Vivian pictures #29 and 60.

  • To learn more about recipients of Princeton honorary degrees, see quotation #2, 3, 8, 25, and 35, and Café Vivian picture #14, 21, 65, and 86.

  • To learn more about the Institute for Advanced Study, see Café Vivian picture #14 and 90.