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Daniel Smith

How to Think Like Einstein

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    ‘Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us; our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.’
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    People like you and I, though mortal of course, like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live,’ he told his friend, the psychologist Otto Juliusburger, in 1942. ‘What I mean is that we never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.’
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    On 17 April he used up his last energies working on the theory of everything and died in the early hours of 18 April.
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    Once asked in the post-nuclear bomb age why it had been easier to discover atoms than it had been to control their use, he replied, ‘This is simple, my friend: because politics is more difficult than physics.’
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    ‘This is simple, my friend: because politics is more difficult than physics.’
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    ‘Don’t read any newspapers, find a few like-minded people and read the wonderful writers of the past, Kant, Goethe, Lessing, and the classics of other countries …’

    ALBERT EINSTEIN, 1933
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    Why do people speak of great men in terms of nationality? Great Germans, great Englishmen? Goethe always protested against being called a German poet. Great men are simply men and are not to be considered from the point of view of nationality, nor should the environment in which they were brought up be taken into account.
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    he frequently seemed most comfortable as an outsider, which contributed to his readiness to follow his instincts in directions that seemed to go against the consensus.
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    One year Einstein summered in Rhode Island and took every opportunity he could to set sail on the ocean wave. A local yacht club member would recall years later how the great man would go off for days at a time, seemingly floating adrift. On several occasions rescue parties were sent out to save him only to find Einstein aboard his boat in a state of contented contemplation. As his fame and celebrity spread, the water increasingly served as a place where he could be himself once more – not Einstein the genius, the discoverer of relativity, the personality with the crazy hair. Margot Einstein summed it up best as she reflected in 1978: ‘When one was with him on the sailboat, you felt him as an element. He had something so natural and strong in him because he was himself a piece of nature.’
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    Einstein’s heroes were those who used their intellect to challenge the status quo. His inherent distrust of accepting what one is presented with was part of the reason that he so admired Galileo, who he considered had waged a ‘passionate fight against any kind of dogma based on authority’. It was why Einstein was prepared to question literally everything – including the accepted fundamental principles of our cosmos. The pay-off was that he regularly found himself in conflict with institutions of governance, with professional colleagues and sometimes with dangerous enemies. Nonetheless, there is the strong suspicion that he was never more alive than when locked in such struggle.
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    Einstein was a man who, for the large part of his life, worked alone. His greatest discoveries were mostly solitary achievements. That said, he had an uncanny knack of rooting out intellectual and philosophical soulmates who, even if they had limited direct impact on his work, played important roles in his overall development.
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    Studying, and striving for truth and beauty in general, is a sphere in which we are allowed to be children throughout life.’
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    Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.’
    ALBERT EINSTEIN, 1929
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    : ‘A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way. But intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience.’ Intuition, then, was not the thunderbolt of genius we might like to imagine but instead a considered philosophical approach to thinking.
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    Always something of an outsider, he seemed to feel little need to conform – a trait that would serve him well in his career
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    All of which surely goes to prove that even for an intellect as stellar as Einstein’s, slow and steady wins the race.
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    As a Jew in late nineteenth-century Germany, Einstein was instantly cast into the role of the outsider, a status that not only informed his psyche but had a profound influence on how others treated him throughout his life
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    Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.’
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    Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving
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    As Pablo Picasso noted in 1964: ‘Every positive value has its price in negative terms … The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.’
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