Einstein Quotes

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them. -- Einstein

Albert Einstein, when asked to describe radio, replied: "You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."

From 'The Little, Brown Book Of Anecdotes' by Clifton Fadiman Albert Einstein was a late talker as a child. His parents were understandably worried. finally at the supper table one evening, He broke his silence to say, "The soup is too hot." Greatly relieved, his parents asked why he never said a word before. Young Albert replied, "Because up to now everything was in order."

It is alledged that when Einstein and his wife visited the Mount Wilson Observatory in California, Mrs. Einstein pointed to a particularly complex piece of equipment and asked its purpose. Their guide said that it was used to determine the shape of the universe. "Oh," she said, not at all impressed, "my husband uses the back of an old envelope to work that out."

Of all the communities available to us, there is not one I would want to devote myself to except for the society of the true searchers, which has very few living members at any one time.
Einstein, quoted by Max Born(1971.).

Discontinuous and hence nonlinear time is what Einstein feared:

I consider it quite possible that physics cannot be based on the field concept, i. e., on continuous structures. In that case *nothing* remains of my entire castle in the air, gravitation theory included, [and of] the rest of modern physics.
-- Einstein in a 1954 letter to Besso, quoted from: "Subtle is the Lord", Abraham Pais, page 467.

And Einstein said

If Euclid failed to kindle your youthful enthusiasm, then you were not born to be a scientific thinker.
American Mathematical Monthly, Sept or Oct 1992 (last issue as of 1992 Oct 18) Herman Rubin, Dept. of Statistics, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette IN47907-1399 Phone: (317)494-6054 hrubin@pop.stat.purdue.edu

Once the validity of this mode of thought has been recognized, the final results appear almost simple; any intelligent undergraduate can understand them without much trouble. But the years of searching in the dark for a truth that one feels, but cannot express; the intense desire and the alternations of confidence and misgiving, until one breaks through to clarity and understanding, are only known to him who has himself experienced them. - Albert Einstein, 1933

If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
-- Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge...
-- Albert Einstein

Politics is for the moment. An equation is for eternity.
-- Albert Einstein

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