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  • 1.
    The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), U.S. physicist, mathematician, philosopher of science, pacifist. "Ideas and Opinions," p. 270, Physics and Reality (1936). On whether there is a special "scientific method."
  • 2.
    It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born U.S. physicist. Motto for the astronomy building of Junior College, Pasadena, California.

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  • 3.
    The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born U.S. scientist. Telegram, May 24, 1946, sent to prominent Americans. New York Times (May 25, 1946).

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    We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born U.S. scientist. Out of My Later Life, ch. 51 (1950).

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  • 5.
    When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-American theoretical physicist. Quoted in News Chronicle (March 14, 1949).

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    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.
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born U.S. scientist. Quoted in Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics, ch. 2 (1975).
  • 7.
    The man of science is a poor philosopher.
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born U.S. theoretical physicist. Out of My Later Years, ch. 12 (1950).
  • 8.
    Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem—in my opinion—to characterize our age.
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born-U.S. theoretical physicist. Out of My Later Years, ch. 14 (1950).
  • 9.
    There could be no fairer destiny for any physical theory than that it should point the way to a more comprehensive theory in which it lives on as a limiting case.
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), U.S. physicist, mathematician, philosopher of science, pacifist. Trans. by K. Popper. Ueber die spezielle und die allgemeine Relativitaetstheorie, ch.22 (1917). Alluding both to Newton's theory of gravitation vis a vis Einstein's, and Einstein's vis a vis future improvements.

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  • 10.
    If my theory of relativity is proven correct, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born-U.S. theoretical physicist. Address, December 1929, at the Sorbonne. Quoted in New York Times (February 16, 1930).

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