From the Congressional Record

Mr PENROSE. Mr. President, will the Senator permit an inquiry?

Mr. WILLIAMS. Certainly.

Mr. PENROSE. The Senator has referred very eloquently to Newton and others who have contributed to science. I know the Senate would patiently listen to him if he would explain his views on Einstein's theory of relativity.

Mr. WILLIAMS. Mr. President, I have long contended that the wittiest, the vaguest, and the most indefinite man in this body is the Senator from Pennsylvania, but I did not know until this morning that he could discover anything more vague and indefinite than himself. I frankly confess that I do not understand Einstein: I frankly confess that I do not believe the Senator from Pennsylvania understands Einstein; I frankly confess I do not believe the Senator from Connecticut [Mr. BRANDEGEE] would even contend that he understood Einstein, and I do not believe that even the Senator from Massachusetts [Mr. LODGE] would make a very positive pretense in that direction.

Mr. PENROSE. Mr. President---

The VICE PRESIDENT. Does the Senator from Mississippi yield to the Senator from Pennsylvania?

Mr. WILLIAMS. I yield.

Mr. PENROSE. I own a volume of Einstein, in the introduction of which it is stated that there are only 12 men in all the world who understand the book. I thought, perhaps, the Senator from Mississippi was one of them. I confess that I have nearly lost my mental faculties in trying to understand Einstein.

Mr. WILLIAMS. Mr. President, I believe it was the Earl of Derby who once said that there were only two men who ever understood the Near Eastern question, that one of them was dead and that he himself was getting old and had pretty nearly forgotten it all. [Laughter.] So far as Einstein is concerned, I did endeavor for a little while to try to understand Einstein; I do not believe the Senator from Pennsylvania ever even tried; but I frankly had the wisdom to confess that I did not understand Einstein.


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