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Einstein: The World As I See It

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“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.”

— Albert Einstein, [easyazon_link identifier=”1494877066″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]The World As I See It[/easyazon_link] (1934)

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The Case for Blunders by Freeman Dyson | The New York Review of Books

The inventor of a brilliant idea cannot tell whether it is right or wrong. Livio quotes the psychologist David Kahneman describing how theories are born: “We can’t live in a state of perpetual doubt, so we make up the best story possible and we live as if the story were true.” A theory that began as a wild guess ends as a firm belief. Humans need beliefs in order to live, and great scientists are no exception. Great scientists produce right theories and wrong theories, and believe in them with equal conviction.

Theories are guideposts for action but you also have to be willing to be wrong since all life is an experiment anyway.

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How Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, And Maria Popova Got More Creative

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.

We can’t connect the dots without broad experiences and experiments.

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Einstein was a difficult child (“Little Albert was so different; was there something wrong?”) who “didn’t want to be like the other students.” Instead, he was prone to daydreaming, imagining himself on a beam of light rocketing through space. On A Beam of Light
Einstein was a difficult child (“Little Albert was so different; was there something wrong?”) who “didn’t want to be like the other students.” Instead, he was prone to daydreaming, imagining himself on a beam of light rocketing through space. On A Beam of Light
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Einstein

“Problems cannot be solved with more of the same thinking that created them.”

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razorshapes: Albert Einstein by Yousuf Karsh At Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, I found Einstein a simple, kindly, almost childlike man, too great for any of the postures of eminence. One did not have to understand his science to feel the power of his mind or the force of his personality. He spoke sadly, yet serenely, as one who had looked into the universe, far past mankind’s small affairs. When I asked him what the world would be like were another atomic bomb to be dropped, he replied wearily, “Alas, we will no longer be able to hear the music of Mozart.” ♫
razorshapes: Albert Einstein by Yousuf Karsh At Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, I found Einstein a simple, kindly, almost childlike man, too great for any of the postures of eminence. One did not have to understand his science to feel the power of his mind or the force of his personality. He spoke sadly, yet serenely, as one who had looked into the universe, far past mankind’s small affairs. When I asked him what the world would be like were another atomic bomb to be dropped, he replied wearily, “Alas, we will no longer be able to hear the music of Mozart.” ♫