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Old 03 March 2008, 02:05 AM
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Default Einstein on World War IV

Ahh Snopesters. One thing I have learned from this site is to nto take things at face value. I have often heard Albert Einstein quoted as saying :

"I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

So, because it's a slow night at work, I decided to actually look this up. Though I found many sites that use this quote and attribute it to Einstein, I did not find any reference to when or where he said it, just that he said it. Any one help on this?
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Old 03 March 2008, 02:41 AM
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As far as I can tell, the story of his response to the question (of what World War III will be fought with) was first published in about 1948, while Einstein was still alive.

I think this is a real quote, though it seems to come in several forms.

ETA -- Err... this would seem to be earlier than the story snopes mentions below. Maybe he said it twice?
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Old 03 March 2008, 02:41 AM
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In an interview with Alfred Werner (published in Liberal Judaism in 1949), Einstein said: "I do not know how the Third World War will be fought, but I can tell you what they will use in the Fourth -- rocks!"

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Old 03 March 2008, 03:03 AM
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thanks for the help. I looked at a couple dozen sites and could not find a cite that gave a time and place.
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