6.05.2007

Profundities

A picture of Einstein playing his violin.
I found an Einstein quote on Lorrie's blog that I hadn't heard before, and it made me laugh! :D That inspired me to list a few of my favorite Einstein quotes. Enjoy!


Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. (Very!)

The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
(The goal of science summed up in one sentence!)


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

The environment is everything that isn't me.

The faster you go, the shorter you are.
(It helps if you understand this equation: l=l_0*sqrt(1-(u^2/c^2)), wh
ere l_0 is the length in the frame of reference at rest, l is the length to the observer, u is the velocity of the object, and c is the speed of light.) :)

A sad kitty. You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat. (Sheer genius, you must admit:)

Fond of animals, Einstein kept a housecat which tended to get depressed whenever it rained. Ernst Straus recalls him saying to the melancholy cat: "I know what's wrong, dear fellow, but I don't know how to turn it off." (Chestnut shares a similar malady.)

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. (For example, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle)

The more success the quantum theory has, the sillier it looks. (Very true!)

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.

When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, it seems like two minutes. When you sit on a hot stove for two minutes, it seems like two hours-- that's relativity.
(Well, that's one kind of relativity!)


There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.

Excelsior!

8 comments:

  1. wow! quite funny indeed! I especially like the radio/telegraph/cat one! :)

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  2. Loved the quotes.. Must agree with Johonn that the telegraph/cat scenario made me laugh : D I have a cat that would make the perfect telegraph if she were just a little longer...

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  3. Jonathan, I put the physics explanations in there for you; did you like them? ;)

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  4. lol So Einstein liked cats...and he was a genius....thus I can conclude that because I like cats I have genius in me! right? hehe thanks for promoting my blog. :p

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  5. lol, somehow I think there's a false inference in there somewhere... :)

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  6. Quotes like these make me smile :) I think I would appreciate the quote about being shorter the faster you go even more if the converse were true as well ;)

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  7. Oh, and personally, I liked Lorrie's reasoning :D

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  8. you people are having too much fun on here. joel! camp's coming! are you excited???

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