e it is often truncated, generalized, esoteric, and or repeated So why go this route For me, there are two main reasons 1 the man is not separate from his ideas and 2 a taste for Einstein s own words whets the appetite for.
A revolutionary scientist, an admirably incorrigible peace monger, Einstein is, in my opinion, most essentially a virtuoso of the unassuming, cutting through the systemic edifices that are supposed to fortify human understanding His contribution to the world did not make our conception of it tidy and complete as our scientific culture had so foolishly assumed it should rather, Einstein s work reoriented our conception of the world to the awe and mystery in which such a puny thing as man is forever condemned to regard, if he is going to have an even partially valid conception of this existence.
The oxymoron is perhaps best put by Kant The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility Einstein is at his best when dropping wisdom and humility in the epistemological pursuit the brunt of which comes out as strikingly buddhist This aristocratic illusion concerning the unlimited penetrative power of thought has as its counterpart the plebeian illusion of naive realism, according to which things are as they are perceived by us through our senses The belief in an external world independent of the perceiving subject is the basis of all natural science Since, however, sense perception only gives information of this external world or of physical reality indirectly, we can only grasp the latter by speculative means It follows from this that our notions of physical reality can never be final Let that sink in Says one of the most, if not the most, famous scientist in history, a belief is the basis of science If, then, it is true that the axiomatic basis of theoretical physics cannot be extracted from experience but must be freely invented, can we ever hope to find the right way Nay has this right way any existence outside our illusions Can we hope to be guided safely by experience at all when there exist theories such as classical mechanics which to a large extent do justice to experience without getting to the root of the matter in our thinking which determines our expectation , we attribute to this concept of the bodily object a significance, which is to a high degree independent of the sense impressions which originally give rise to it This is what we mean when we attribute to the bodily object a real existence The justification of such a setting rests exclusively on the fact that, by means of such concepts and mental relations between them, we are able to orient ourselves in the labyrinth of sense impressions These notions and relations, although free mental creations, appear to us as stronger and unalterable than the individual sense experience itself, the character of which as anything other than the result of an illusion or hallucination is never completely guaranteed.
I read this book because I wanted to get to know Einstein a little I d run across several insightful quotes from him and decided to explore what he was all about As my rating indicates, I felt this book was just ok The man himself was very impressive He was definitely a humanitarian, and wanted nothing but peace But the book is a collection of his essays and I didn t find it fascinating reading It also seemed too repetitious at times The last section of the book was about his ideas opinions on Science, which was WAY over my head and I found myself just skimming the pages to get through it.
I never seen a man like him Such a great mentality I ever seen in my whole life He has different vision that the all other people around the world In spite of my disagreement with some of his opinions for maybe genetic factors but he still number one On the other hand I agree with his ideals The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed Feeling and longing are the motive force behind all human endeavor and human creation Nobody, certainly, will deny that the idea of the existence of an omnipotent, just, and omnibeneficent personal God is able to accord man solace, help, and guidance also, by virtue of its simplicitiy it is accessible to the most undeveloped mind But, on the other hand, there are decisive weaknesses attached to this idea in itself, which have been painfully felt since the beginning of history That is, if this being is omnipotent, then every occurrence, including every human action, every human thought, and every human feeling and aspiration is also His work how is it possible to think of holding men responsible for their deeds and thoughts before such an almighty being In giving out punishment and rewards He would to a certain extent be passing judgement on Himself How can this be combined with the goodness and righteousness ascribed to Him Education is that which remains, if one has forgotten everything he has learned in school Bureaucracy is the death of any achievement.
Einstein s own words, what could be better Some scientists struggle to bring their ideas to the general public, and many scientists require you to have a working knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics to translate their writings I was thrilled when I discovered this book and the easy way he writes about his life and theory He was to science what Carl Jung was to psychology both of them visionary, both humble They both took the time to decodify their fields for us Kinda like Bodhisattvas Committed to the attainment of enlightenment for the benefit of others.
This is a book by Albert Einstein Unlike the rest of us, he is Einstein.