Albert Einstein


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  • ''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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  • ''If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.''
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born U.S. theoretical physicist. quoted in Observer (London, Jan. 15, 1950).
  • ''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.
  • ''In so far as the statements of geometry speak about reality, they are not certain, and in so far as they are certain, they do not speak about reality.''
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), U.S. physicist, mathematician, philosopher of science, pacifist. Geometry and Experience, p. 3 (1941). On the distinction between abstract and physical geometry.
  • ''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."
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).

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