When Hitler took over Austria, the famous logician Kurt Gödel fled to the US. When he became a US citizen, he took two friends to the naturalization hearing: Albert Einstein and Oskar Morgenstern, one of the inventors of game theory! In preparing for the event, Gödel claimed to have found a flaw in the US Constitution that would allow a dictator to take control in a completely legal way. It was up to Einstein and Morgenstern to keep Gödel from talking about this and derailing the hearing.

There have been rumors about this for years, but in 2006 this typed letter from Morgenstern reappeared, which tells the tale first-hand. There's a scrawled cover note by his wife. It's pretty funny. It turns out Einstein mainly played the role of an irresponsible joker throughout the whole affair.

For more, see:

http://morgenstern.jeffreykegler.com/
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