Albert Einstein’s quotes are perhaps what led me to expand on the quotes genre. I couldn’t be to sure of what the direction of Wisedocks was until I started making these images, sharing his wisdom. They always got lots of attention and were shared widely on social media.
The man, the myth
“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age of eighteen.”
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
Famous Quotes Hall of Fame
May was a good month for the Hall of Fame, with three quotes making the cut. Albert Einstein will undoubtedly be on that page quite a bit, as almost all of the quotes I have shared have come with good reactions. This one is no different.
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather become a man of value.”
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidty, and I’m not sure about the former.”
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
“I never teach my pupils, I only provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
Albert Einstein: Revolutionary Physicist and Quintessential Thinker
Albert Einstein, born on March 14, 1879, in Ulm, Germany, would go on to profoundly shape the world of physics and fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe. His contributions to science are immeasurable, the most famous being the theory of relativity, which introduced the iconic equation E=mc^2, equating energy (E) with mass (m) times the speed of light squared (c^2).
Einstein’s early life did not immediately reveal the prodigious talent he would become. As a child, he was slow to speak, leading some to initially doubt his intellectual abilities. However, by the age of twelve, he had taught himself Euclidean geometry, signaling his exceptional intelligence and aptitude for mathematics.
Einstein’s educational path was not a traditional one. He dropped out of high school in Germany and later failed his first entrance examination for the Swiss Federal Polytechnic. Eventually, he was admitted, and in 1900, he graduated with a degree in physics.
Einstein’s scientific career truly took flight while he worked in the Swiss Patent Office, a role that provided him ample free time to pursue his independent scientific inquiries. In 1905, known as his ‘Annus Mirabilis’ or ‘miracle year’, he published four revolutionary papers on the photoelectric effect, Brownian motion, special relativity, and the equivalence of mass and energy, forever changing the landscape of physics.
In 1915, he presented his general theory of relativity, introducing a new understanding of gravitation. His theory was confirmed in 1919 during a total solar eclipse, where the bending of starlight around the sun was observed, just as he had predicted. This finding catapulted him into international fame.
Einstein moved to the United States in 1933 as he was growing increasingly concerned about the rise of the Nazis in Germany. He accepted a position at the newly formed Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where he worked until his retirement in 1945. He would spend the remainder of his life in Princeton.
Einstein’s contributions to science were not limited to his revolutionary theories. He played a crucial, albeit indirect, role in the development of the atomic bomb. In 1939, Einstein co-signed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, alerting him of the potential for Nazi Germany to develop such a weapon. This letter led to the establishment of the Manhattan Project. Despite this, Einstein was a known pacifist and spoke out against nuclear weapons after World War II.
In 1955, Albert Einstein passed away in Princeton at the age of 76. His contributions to science continue to shape our understanding of the physical world. He left a legacy that positions him not only as a significant figure in the history of science, but also as a timeless symbol of intellectual achievement and human curiosity.
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