Have You Ever Heard Albert Einstein’s Voice?

Albert Einstein voice. Black and white photo of Albert Einstein.

Have you ever wondered what Albert Einstein’s voice sounded like?

This extraordinary recording of Albert Einstein reading a full-length essay in English is extremely close to what we all expected. And it’s a mesmerizing piece of history. Many people forget that he was German and English wasn’t his primary language–some even think he sounds just like Donald Duck’s uncle, Ludwig Von Drake.

First, the essay touches upon the clash between language and thought: “Is there no thinking without the use of language, amely in concepts and concept-combinations for which words need not necessarily come to mind? Has not every one of us struggled for words although the connection between ‘things’ was already clear?”

Einstein’s fascinating words appear just as spot on today as they were back in 1941.