Albert Einstein — a wonderous mind

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Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”


The only real valuable thing is intuition.”


Imagination is more important than knowledge.”


"Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”


The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead.”

Albert Einstei

No scientist fretted more about the danger of scientific knowledge than Abert Einstein. He discovered the mass-energy relationship (E=mc²) that triggered the race for the atomic bomb.

Nor did any other scientist influence twentieth century popular thinking more than this inveterate lover of ‘thought experiments.’

Although only a few scientists could follow the intricacies of his mathematics, he popularized relativity in a book of the same name (readable online here), rendering it in lucid prose understandable by anyone with basic high-school physics. Because of this, the term ‘relativity’ entered the vernacular, often inaccurately, and percolated into the consciousness of the twentieth century. Among other misinterpretations, the term ‘relativity’ came to be loosely interchangeable with relativism and the demise of moral absolutes.

Einstein spoke of god, though never as a person or benefactor of humankind. One of his influences was to actually enhance the human sense of wonderment while discarding superstitious belief. Together with other scientists, he was associated with the growth of atheism that accelerated sharply in the nineteen-sixties. Among organized religions, which believed themselves to be ultimate sources of right and wrong, the abandonment of a personal god led to the same fears of moral relativism trumpeted by fundamentalist believers today.

Albert Eistein’s writings helped Stephen Schettini discard the oppressive mantle of his Catholic upbringing while encouraging his quest for truth and pursuit of the mysterious. Read his story in The Novice: Why I Became a Buddhist Monk, Why I Quit and What I Learned.


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