"Einstein came over here and attended a scientific meeting and at the end of the meeting
Pauling was to deliver a paper; Pauling was introduced and delivered a paper in flawless
German! And after meeting him, Einstein congratulated him and asked him, 'Where did
you learn to speak such flawless German?' And Pauling said, 'Oh, I spent a year in
Germany' and Einstein said, 'You learned to speak German in a year like that? Why
I've been here over two years and I can't speak English yet!'
W. K. Ferrier. Interviewed by Anthony Serafini for Linus Pauling: A Man and His Science. 1984.
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