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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An avid violinist, Einstein is captured here playing the instrument. An avid violinist, Einstein is captured here playing the instrument. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

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The musician

“Life without playing music is inconceivable for me,” Albert Einstein once declared. “I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music … I get most joy in life out of music.”

This photo, snapped in 1931, shows Einstein partaking in that which he loved the most – playing his violin – and which, according to his wife Elsa, had a great influence on his intellectual life.

“Music helps him when he is thinking about his theories,” she said. “He goes to his study, comes back, strikes a few chords on the piano, jots something down, returns to his study.”

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