I can honestly say that visions of sugar plums were more likely to dance in my head…but then again, I’m no Michio Kaku. I loved math and science as a child, but my influences were more in the realm of boy band sensations (NKOTB!) than Nobel Prize Winners, sad as that may seem. I imagine Michio watching this broadcast of Einstein’s death on the news at the impressionable age of 8, the unified field equation beckoning him from his black and white television screen. It would one day permeate his thoughts and career, and provide a window for other equations to steal the dancefloor in his mind. (See Michio’s ‘Theory of Everything’ video….)!
Einstein did not believe in an individual surviving his own physical death, but on April 18, 1955 he certainly passed the baton—or in this case the unfinished manuscript of the unified field theory—and a young Michio took it, ran (er…skated) and never looked back.