Doctor Lohia said, “I can wait.” He thought maybe fifteen minutes, half an hour – what more can one do in a bath? Six hours…the wife gave him breakfast, the wife gave him lunch…and he said, “My God, and he is still in his tub? What is he doing?”
The wife said, “In the beginning, when we were married, I used to disturb him, and that kept him angry the whole day. He would throw things and he would make all kinds of nuisance and shout. He gets very much disturbed, because he has made all his discoveries about the stars in his tub, in his tub with a bubble bath. He goes on playing with bubbles, soap bubbles…for him, those soap bubbles are stars. And he works out…I don’t know how he works it out, but he works it out – he has written all over the bathroom on the walls. I will show you his bathroom; it is all mathematics.”
After six hours Albert Einstein came out and he said, “So you have come? You have come just at the right time. Just as I come out of the bathroom, you are sitting here.”
Doctor Lohia said, “I have been sitting here for six hours!”
He said, “My God! But just forgive me, because when I am in my tub with the soap bubbles then I forget time completely. Then only stars and all the equations about new stars, their distances…you should see my bathroom.”
And Doctor Lohia told me, “They both took me to the bathroom. All the walls had great equations”: beyond his capacity because he was not a mathematician. He said, “You have made the bathroom your lab.”
He said, “I have not made it, it has become a lab by itself. These soap bubbles somehow resemble stars.”
Now this man is one of the greatest intellects – but he was the cause of an unintelligent thing, an ugly and inhuman thing that happened. He was the cause of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, because he wrote a letter to President Roosevelt of America: “I can make atom bombs. And just that you have atom bombs will be enough; there is no need to drop them. Just having them will be enough for Germany and Japan to surrender.” But this was an unintelligent thing to do.
Roosevelt allowed him, gave him all the facilities to make atom bombs. He made the atom bombs, and once they were made they were in the hands of the politicians. And he was writing – Roosevelt was no longer president, Truman became president, and he was writing to Truman – “Those bombs should not be used, that is my first condition.” Truman never replied to the letter. Who cares? You have done your work, you have been paid for your work. You are not the master of the bombs – the bombs belong to the government.