By Tom Vartabedian
PRINCETON, N.J. — When people hear of the work being done by Alice (Abeghian) Calaprice, their eyes bug out in disbelief.
The question they may pose might sound redundant: What is a non-physicist doing with such a keen interest in Albert Einstein — enough to write seven books on the noted scholar, address audiences throughout the world and spend the past 33 years of her life researching the man?
Call it serendipity, or to put it mathematically: E=mc2, which equals a fascinating world waiting to be discovered by Calaprice, formerly Abeghian to those who knew her during her AYF days in California before moving to New Jersey and back.
“People are always — needlessly — impressed when I tell them I write books about Einstein,” she points out. “He was so very human. In everyone’s mind, he was this icon, but in his archives you find him joking with his friends and talking about all sorts of things. I got to like him.”
When Calaprice conjures up an impression of the famous physicist, it’s not merely the stereotypical, bushy-haired genius that gushes forth. Instead, we find a real, multi-dimensional persona who makes an intimate impression: that he liked sailing, was not above extra-marital affairs and was often insensitive to others.