I will have to say that Albert Einstein is one of my top favorite scientist I know. I have been inspired by his work since I started studying science.
Albert Einstein 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein’s work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). Einstein is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”). He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his “services to theoretical physics”, in particular his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect, a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory.
Near the beginning of his career, Einstein thought that Newtonian mechanics was no longer enough to reconcile the laws of classical mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field. This led to the development of his special theory of relativity. He realized, however, that the principle of relativity could also be extended to gravitational fields, and with his subsequent theory of gravitation in 1916, he published a paper on general relativity. He continued to deal with problems of statistical mechanics and quantum theory, which led to his explanations of particle theory and the motion of molecules. He also investigated the thermal properties of light which laid the foundation of the photon theory of light. In 1917, Einstein applied the general theory of relativity to model the large-scale structure of the universe.
He was visiting the United States when Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933 and, being Jewish, did not go back to Germany, where he had been a professor at the Berlin Academy of Sciences. He settled in the U.S., becoming an American citizen in 1940. On the eve of World War II, he endorsed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt alerting him to the potential development of “extremely powerful bombs of a new type” and recommending that the U.S. begin similar research. This eventually led to what would become the Manhattan Project. Einstein supported defending the Allied forces, but largely denounced the idea of using the newly discovered nuclear fission as a weapon. Later, with the British philosopher Bertrand Russell, Einstein signed the Russell–Einstein Manifesto, which highlighted the danger of nuclear weapons. Einstein was affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, until his death in 1955.
Einstein published more than 300 scientific papers along with over 150 non-scientific works. On 5 December 2014, universities and archives announced the release of Einstein’s papers, comprising more than 30,000 unique documents. Einstein’s intellectual achievements and originality have made the word “Einstein” synonymous with genius.
Just as much as he was known for his scientific accomplishments, he was also known for his wisdom, his wit, his insight, and his life philosophies. He well-rounded brilliance has left its mark on humanity, and to this day his quotes are some of the most inspiring, mind-opening, and encouraging of all time. Not to mention, he has a great sense of humor.
Here are 30 Albert Einstein quotes that will open your mind and make your day:
- “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
- “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”
- “I, at any rate, am convinced that He (God) does not throw dice.”
- “The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
- “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
- “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
- “Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do— but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.”
- “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
- “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
- “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value”
- “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”
- “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”
- “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”
- “Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”
- “Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But I do not doubt that the lion belongs to it even though he cannot at once reveal himself because of his enormous size.”
- “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
- “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
- “My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”
- “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”
- “I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”
- “Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics, I can assure you that mine are all greater”
- “In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep.”
- “The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.”
- “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
- “Truth is what stands the test of experience.”
- “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”
- “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
- “Human knowledge and skills alone cannot lead humanity to a happy and dignified life. Humanity has every reason to place the proclaimers of high moral standards and values above the discoverers of objective truth.”
- “Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.”
- “Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down by the mind before you reach eighteen.”
There are many many other quotes that could have made this list. He is truly one of the most brilliant minds our world has seen.