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Albert Einstein (VIP, Science)

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Albert Einstein (VIP, Science)

Post by viktorados on Thu Jan 18, 2007 5:24 am

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Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 - April 18, 1955) was a theoretical physicist widely regarded as the most important scientist of the 20th century. He was the author of the special and general theories of relativity and made significant contributions to quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and cosmology. He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect in 1905 and "for his services to Theoretical Physics".

After British solar eclipse expeditions in 1919 confirmed that light rays from distant stars were deflected by the gravity of the Sun in the amount he had predicted in his theory of relativity, Einstein became world-famous, an unusual achievement for a scientist. In his later years, his fame perhaps exceeded that of any other scientist in history. In popular culture, his name has become synonymous with great intelligence and genius, although it is often used sarcastically to describe those of sub-par intelligence.

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Post by viktorados on Thu Jan 18, 2007 5:26 am

Quotes by Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Imagination is more important than knowledge...

Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one.

The important thing is not to stop questioning.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

I cannot believe that God would choose to play dice with the universe.

Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

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Post by MJBoY87 on Sat Oct 13, 2007 9:29 pm

Albert is the best ...Deep respect for him!
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Post by LeftBehind on Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:19 pm

A fascinating individual who lacked many VIP characteristics to be true but was simply brilliant. He was pretty much 'kicked to the curb' by the establishment toward the end of his life as the Quantum Physics was validated; however, his last publication certainly was brilliant and I'm glad to see the work toward the end of his life validated in the Entanglement research being conducted today.

If you would really like to stretch your brain out, read the latest release of Roger Penrose's 'The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe'.

Martin Gardner put out a book years ago titled 'Relativity Simply Explained' which is an excellent introduction that clearly in everyday plain English communicates Einstein's Theory of Relativity.
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