Taking The Genius Route In Princeton 

by Deanna Baelestra

If you’re a lover of math and science, then Princeton, New Jersey, is a wonderful place to visit. You can walk the same streets as Einstein, Gödel, and Zworkyn. You can see where they lived and worked, much of which can be seen on the “genius route.” The genius route is a walking tour map created by Hadas Zeilberger. 

Most of the places on the map are private residences, and tourists are not allowed inside, but you can walk past and revel in the fact that you’re walking in the footsteps of greatness.

 A Few Stops On The Genius Route:

  • Institute of Advanced Study 

This is not a private residence but a world famous research institute where Einstien, Gödel, Beurling, and many other famous scientists worked. Albert Einstein worked in Fuld Hall 115. 

  • The former home of Arne Beurling, Swedish mathematician

Using only pen and paper, he once deciphered an early German cipher machine in just two weeks with no help. 

  • The former home of W. Zworkyn, inventor of the television set

This pioneer of technology was a Russian-American inventor and engineer. 

  • The Einstein House, 112 Mercer Street. Einstein famously put in his will that his home never is turned into a museum or memorial.  Check out the Carl Kruse Nonprofit Blog for more details about Einstein’s house and other homes of great minds: Carl Kruse Houses of Great Minds.

Carl Kruse - Albert Einstein in Princeton.
Albert Einstein outside his home in Princeton, New Jersey
  • The former home of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States

He was also the president of Princeton University and governor of New Jersey before he became president. 

  • Princeton Cemetery, the final resting place of thought leaders Gödel, von Neumann, and many others. 

Unlike some of the other stops on this route, here you can walk the grounds and visit the gravesites of many famous historical figures. 

You’ll find all these stops and more on the walking tour of genius. This is an accessible bucket-list item you can do in the afternoon the next time you’re in the area. The whole area is ripe with the histories of some of our most innovative thinkers. 

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