By Olga Khazan
October 23, 2017
There might have been a secret reason Albert Einstein could make a decision
as scary as the one he made in 1939, when he went against his personal
pacifist convictions and encouraged President Franklin Roosevelt to pursue
the research necessary to make an atomic bomb. "I was well aware of the
dreadful danger for all mankind, if these experiments would succeed,"
Einstein later wrote.
A strange life hack might have contributed to his coolheaded attitude toward
the bomb: Einstein is said to have slept for 10 hours a night.