The Einstein float

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This photo of a Rose Parade float from the 1930s celebrating Albert Einstein in flowers, trumpeting his “achievement” with blooms and angelic little girls, hangs in a hallway of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Old Pasadena. The physicist at the time was a frequent visitor to Caltech before he was snatched away by the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, which offered him a tad more money. But no floral tributes, I’d wager.

Can you imagine a Richard Feynman, or Murray Gell-Mann, or David Baltimore, float today?

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