Born 14 Mar 1879; died 18 Apr 1955 at age 76. German-American physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity and won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 for his explanation of the photoelectric effect. Recognized in his own time as one of the most creative intellects in human history, in the first 15 years of the 20th century Einstein advanced a series of theories that proposed entirely new ways of thinking about space, time, and gravitation. His theories of relativity and gravitation were a profound advance over the old Newtonian physics and revolutionized scientific and philosophic inquiry.
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
“A man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. He sits on a hot stove for a minute, it’s longer than any hour. That is relativity.”
“Anyone who thinks science is trying to make human life easier or more pleasant is utterly mistaken.”
“My internal and external life depend so much on the work of others that I must make an extreme effort to give as much as I receive.”
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”