A press photo of Albert Einstein and the Indian philosopher and poet Rabindranath Tagore leaving Tagore's visit to Einstein at his home in Berlin on July 14, 1930 - taken for the New York Times. (Above the staircase stands Einstein's wife and Tagore's companion). Berlin, 1930.
At the time, the two had one of the most stimulating and intellectually fascinating conversations in history, and discussed the relationship between science and religion, and in particular the limits of human consciousness: it was in the atmosphere of the intellectual renaissance that swept India at the beginning of the twentieth century, and grew a strange osmosis of Indian traditions and secular Western scientific teachings. At that meeting, Tagore presented to Einstein the "pure human perception of the universe" as a harmony that sees man and the universe as an inseparable entity, Einstein disagreed with him and argued that the truth must be perceived as a truth that is valid independently of humanity - "I cannot prove it, but I firmly believe it" he said . They discussed the subjective and objective aspects of reality and the question of what absolute truth is.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) Indian philosopher and poet, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 and thus was the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize. After his works were translated into English, Tagore became very popular, and traveled the world a lot as part of visits to conferences where he gave lectures, and friendship visits. Tagore became an unofficial and representative spokesman for the East. He openly and passionately supported Zionism and claimed that Zionism is "one of the foundations of world peace and justice" and that the role of the Jewish people is to bridge the gap between East and West. Many of his books have been translated into Hebrew and a street is named after him in Ramat Aviv.
Size: 25x18 cm. On the back of the photograph is an ink stamp of the New York Times "wide world photos" in Berlin, as well as the stencil-printed piece of paper on which the photograph is described. Very good condition.