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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wondering About Albert Einstein.

There has been a lot written about Albert Einstein and there is a long list of his quotes.  Some may not really be from Albert, for instance, this quote, supposedly from Einstein, has no citation, but I like it anyway:
"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."

And I like this quote that was by Albert:
"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain;  and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality."

This next one makes a lot of sense:
[When asked "Dr. Einstein, why is it that when the mind of man has stretched so far as to discover the structure of the atom we have been unable to devise the political means to keep the atom from destroying us?"] "That is simple, my friend.  It is because politics is more difficult than physics"

And even the president has given credit to Einstein:

"It was basic research in the photoelectric field—in the photoelectric effect that would one day lead to solar panels. It was basic research in physics that would eventually produce the CAT scan. The calculations of today's GPS satellites are based on the equations that Einstein put to paper more than a century ago."
 Barack Obama

I also love some of Hawking's quotes and in this one he mentions Einstein:

"Einstein was wrong when he said, 'God does not play dice'. Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can't be seen."  Stephen W. Hawking

It was amazing just how far ahead of his time, Albert Einstein's theories were.  They hold true today and most will be true for ever, or until the end of our universe where it would be any one's guess how twisted the laws of physics would become.  I am sure that you all understand all of Einstein's work and maybe someday you can explain it all to me.

I want to thank http://www.todayinsci.com/E/Einstein_Albert/EinsteinAlbert-Quotations.htm , the website that I found this information.  Now, have a good day, you hear?


  1. Replies
    1. So "did" Hawking? You wrote that as if he no longer has either his genius or sense of humor or both. Has he lost them?

    2. Sorry, a bad choice of words. It should read, "and so does Hawking". As far as I know, he still has a sense of humor.

  2. I have a great respect for Einstein. I wonder, though, if he may eventually be proved incorrect about nothing being able to go faster than the speed of light.

    1. Yes, in a way he was. Remember my post about entangled particles. They can react with each other immediately from light years away. I am sure some other particles may also brake that barrier. I do know of some that go the speed of light. Just because light is restricted to a certain speed doesn't mean everything is.

  3. Seems someone had something on Facebook today about Einstein being a failure in something... already I've forgotten the details. But... heck... aren't we all failures in something? (or, in my case... many things)? Whatever... everyone one of us are perfect in our own way.

    1. If we were all perfect, just think how boring the world would be.

  4. We are going to the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania tomorrow. I hear they have pieces of Einstein's brain there on microscope slides.