The stories behind 6 famous Einstein photos

There's more than meets the eye when it comes to images of the great man.

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A portrait of Albert Einstein smoking a pipe A portrait of Albert Einstein smoking a pipe (Photo: Keystone/Getty Images)

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The pipe smoker

This shot of Einstein was taken while he was visiting Princeton in 1933 to give a series of lectures. More important, perhaps, is that it captures him with his trusty pipe.

Einstein was of the belief that smoking a pipe was consonant with his role as a great thinker, and it has remained a significant symbol of the great man.

To give you an idea of just how significant, since one of his pipes went on display at the Smithsonian more than 30 years ago, officials say it has become the single most popular exhibit in the museum’s entire modern physics collection. Another one of his pipes recently went on display at the Historical Society of Princeton.

Outside of his archives at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the pipes may just be the most enduring remaining object connected to Einstein.

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