Einstein was divinely inspired

Max Brod on Einstein

In the novel, the aging astronomer Tycho Brahe seeks divine harmony in the stars, while the younger Kepler, whom Brahe admires for his brilliance, appears as a thoughtless revolutionary. At the same time, Brahe suffers from the storms of life while Kepler is immune to them. The function of Kepler's character is to lead Brahe's search for God into a final, dramatic phase. The search is more successful despite than because of Kepler.

When Brod was working on the novel, published in 1915, he could not have known that the character of Tycho Brahe would one day look very much like Einstein. The hero of the novel is strongly reminiscent of the aging Einstein, who, against the overwhelming majority of his colleagues, advocated a concept of nature that adhered to a divine-harmonious cosmos that followed uniform laws. And even Einstein left the vicissitudes of life anything but untouched. Perhaps he was even more carefree at the time Brod met him, before he got caught up in the maelstrom of contemporary history in 1914.

"Tycho Brahe's way to God" made Max Brod, who was also a poet, composer, critic, Zionist and journalist, internationally known. Today, Brod is primarily remembered as a friend and discoverer of Franz Kafka. Incidentally, Einstein never mentioned Brod; for him it was apparently only an episode in a less important period in his life.