In my Einstein knowledge I know he wasn't a great "math" person and had the philosophy "I never memorize anything that can be looked up in less than 2 minutes". Marcel, would've undoubtably helped him with those areas he struggled with but another quote, "the secret to creatively is knowing how to hide your sources." So it's not a shock that no formal credit would've been given, only inferred.
I think that knowledge would make others feel better about themselves. Like citing Cindy Crawford has come in second place in a beauty competition. It makes any charge that you aren't as smart as you think you are refutable. Self-delusion dates waaaaaay back.
Don't get all gussied up on my account.
However, another thing about 'immortality': scientists are studing the molecular mechanics of those insects and amphibians that freeze and thaw in winter months or in freezing temperatures. Instead of hibernating or migrating these animals freeze solid and stay like that until warmer temperatures, this can last for months (and I believe some animal in the desert stayed frozen for years, but I can't seem to find the info to support that).
Thanks bobbym, see you've changed your picture. You relate to the stocky variety??
I'll have to look up some of the things in your second paragraph. As far as the diseases, have you heard any pharmaceutical commercials? The last 5 seconds when they list out all the side effects. A don't think all these diseases formed because they just wanted to. Ultimately, I agree with your bottom line.
An Einstein anecdote:
Einstein was a late bloomer and didn't start talking until he was seven. This made his parents fear he might be slow. Until one night at dinner he said, "The soup is too hot." Relieved his parents asked him why he'd waited so long to speak. He replied, "Up until now, everything was in order."
Why would we want anything to live forever? Prolonging life artificially is a great blessing for some but it pulls on resources like: food, water, housing, energy and the increased population rate. If people were living, on average, for more than a hundred years imagine the strain that would put on our planet. I don't see any positives to it. We have enough social and economic issues today without intentionally (and literally) compounding more.
Besides, think of what type of person such technology would benefit. It won't be available in your corner drug store. I'm not against scientific/medical advance; but I'm for common sense and the greater good.