E=MC2: Relativity or No-Sock Shock?

Einstein disliked wearing socks
Albert Einstein in fashionable footwear — but without socks.

Albert Einstein disliked wearing socks and gloried when he could go without them. “When I was young, I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in the sock,” he once said. “So I stopped wearing socks.”

He saw the footwear as being pointless and inefficient. Once, when writing to his second wife, he boasted about a visit to the University of Oxford: “Even on the most solemn occasions I got away without wearing socks and hid that lack of civilisation in high boots.”


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