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Did Albert Einstein believe in God?

A letter from the scientist which goes on auction this week is a New Atheist's dream. But the reality of Einstein's faith is complex

By Nick Spencer  

Albert Einstein

On 12 April 1930, Albert Einstein attended a concert in Berlin. Bruno Walter was conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra playing Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, with Yehudi Menuhin as the soloist. So enraptured by the performance was the world-famous physicist that, at the end, he dashed over Menuhin, embraced him and said, “Now I know there is a God in heaven.” 

Einstein talked a lot about God. He invoked him repeatedly in his physics—so…

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