Einstein was not good enough to be Edison’s assistance.

A famous American inventor and scientist Thomas Edison was very much obsessed with perfectionism. As a rule, he needed to have a model in any kind of matter. The scientist was sure that any invention or any device just had to have a better, more economic, convenient or faster solution.

Thanks to the inventor’s endless searches for ‘the better’, nowadays anyone in the world can use the descendants of his own devices such as the phonograph. Some of the scientist’s invention are even used in the world of today in almost unmodified form – for instance, the incandescent lamp of his construction hasn’t changed much. Thus, even despite of the fact that the electric chair was Edison’s invention, too, still most part of the whole humanity is quite thankful to him for his work and ideas.

It goes without saying that such serious view on things in life causes certain difficulties. Edison’ way of seeing his work was very serious and uncompromising. Thus it was extremely hard for Edison to choose his assistant The door of his laboratory was open only for the most talented, clever, firm of purpose and promising young scientists, and such stern conditions of selections couldn’t let others stay in the laboratory longer than the time of testing.

Once, after one of applicants for the job of the inventor’s assistant left his laboratory, Edison complained to Einstein. He told him that for some unknown reasons he simply couldn’t find a decent assistant for himself. He admitted that there were a lot of those scientists who wanted to take the post coming to his laboratory every day, but none of them was suitable for the job.

Such situation seemed to be improbable to Einstein (and after all, he is the one who invented the Theory of Relativity), so he asked his American friend to describe him in details what the work as an assistant of the scientist in the ‘Edison’s laboratory’ looked like. The inventor handed to the world-famous physicist a list with numerous questions for applicants. ‘What is the distance between New York and Chicago’ Einstein read in amazement the first question in the list. After several minutes of thinking, the physicist drew a conclusion that to answer that kind of question one just had to use the railway guide. ‘What is noncorrosive steel made of?’ the second question didn’t seem to the famous scientists simpler than the previous one. ‘The answer to this questions can also be found in a physical metallurgy manual’ he muttered more to himself.

In slight bewilderment, Albert Einstein looked through all the questions. Each point made him more puzzled and his belief in his good knowledge was shaken. As soon as he read the last question, the founder of the modern theoretical physics, an honourable doctor of lots of universities, a member of different Academies of Sciences and simply a genius physics Albert Einstein threw away Edison’s list with questions and told him: ‘I think I’m not going to hear your rejection. I’ll spare your troubles so I’m going to withdraw my candidacy myself’. This very answer let the genius inventor and scientist Thomas Edison realize that he could spend he time trying to find an ideal assistant, but these searches for a model would last for ages. It was going to be forever and with no results, because there are things in life that you can’t expect to be ideal. You just have to put up with the thought that sometimes it’s enough to chose just the best variant of all you’ve got.