How will civilization be without imagination

Televisions, solar cells, GPS - without the relativity theory of the physicist Albert Einstein, there would not be so many everyday objects as we know them. His research results revolutionized 1905, also known as Einstein's “miracle year” or “annus mirabilis”, but not only the world of physics. These ten quotes from the man with the eccentric hairstyle reflect his genius.

1. "Imagination is more important than knowledge, because knowledge is limited."

Einstein called himself a "single horse" - a kind of loner. He spent a lot of time withdrawing, thinking, and dreaming. His constant companion: a notebook to write down everything important and not forget anything.

Even self-made millionaire Richard Branson swears by handwritten notes. Writing down should have positive effects in letting go of thoughts, coming to yourself and achieving better goals. So let your imagination run wild and put your thoughts on paper! If you want to go a step further and increase your creativity, you should try the morning page method. You can read about the additional advantages of this method here.

2. "The best things in life are not what you get for money."

But the physicist first earned his living in the Swiss patent office - as a so-called third-class technical expert. Since his work was not really demanding for him, he concentrated on his real passion after work: theoretical physics. And his findings made him a super star within a year. Everyone wanted to speak to Einstein - every magazine, every scientific magazine, every reporter.

Charlie Chaplin invited Einstein to his film premiere "City Lights", where the audience cheered the physicist. Chaplin is supposed to have said: "With me they cheer because everyone understands me - but with you, because nobody understands you."

3. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never worked on something new tries."

Einstein continued to research incessantly until his death in 1955. He wanted to answer the one question that preoccupies many people: What is the cause of our earth? To answer this, he wanted to come up with a formula. This formula should summarize the three forces of gravity, magnetism and electricity. However, he never managed to do this. So we don't have to be discouraged - even a genius sometimes fails.

4. "There are two ways of living your life: either as if nothing were a miracle, or as if everything were a miracle."

Einstein published the general theory of relativity over 100 years ago. In it he describes that the light of a star becomes redder when the star is exposed to the strong gravitational force of a black hole. This year, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching demonstrated this effect in an experiment. Incredible, but true: To do this, they observed the star S2 for a full 26 years and followed the effects of the extremely massive black hole in the center of the Milky Way. When I say happen, I mean that the star is within 14 billion kilometers of the black hole in its orbit. And that at a speed of 25 million km / h! So while the forces act on the star, its light waves should grow and thus appear a little reddish. The researchers were able to observe precisely this effect with the help of a Very Large Telescope (VLT). Einstein was right!

5. "The purest form of madness is to leave everything as it is and at the same time hope that something will change!"

You can already see from his childhood that Albert Einstein never wanted to sit still and leave everything as it was when he was a child: Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm. A little later he moved with his Jewish parents to Munich, where Einstein's father opened a shop. When the National Socialists became more and more powerful, Hermann and Pauline Einstein migrated to Milan - albeit without Albert. He was about to graduate from high school and was about to finish school in Munich. However, he broke off his school career and moved to Switzerland alone.

There he received his Abitur and then studied at the Polytechnic - the Technical University in Zurich to become a subject teacher for mathematics and physics.

6. “Don't worry about the math. I can assure you that mine were even bigger. "

Although he was always a mediocre student, Albert Einstein became interested in the natural sciences from an early age. This led to his becoming Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Zurich in 1909. But he didn't stay there long: for example, he was given additional professorships in Prague and Berlin. However, Princeton, USA, became his home, where he lived with his family in 1936. There he devoted himself to his research at the Institute for Advanced Study. Due to the political situation in Nazi Germany, Einstein never returned to Germany.

7. "I have no special talent, I am just passionately curious."

Albert Einstein published his first scientific work at the age of only 26 under the title "On a heuristic point of view regarding the generation and transformation of light on the photoelectric effect". With this treatise, which is one of his most important, he created the basis of modern atomic and particle physics.

His famous formula, which we all know: E = mc2 - that is, energy is equal to mass times the speed of light to the power of two. He published this theory of relativity only two years later, in 1907. And then completed it with a publication on the “special theory of relativity”. Did you know that in this essay he proved the connection between space and time?

8. "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."

Perhaps that is why he came up with one of the most famous logic puzzles. Allegedly, only two percent of all people should be able to crack the puzzle. Are you one of them? Try it once!

The central question of the riddle is: which resident only owns the fish? To find the solution, you have various tips to choose from. It's about five houses in which five different people from five different countries live with five different pets who drink five different drinks and eat five different foods. After that, you need to find out which of the residents has a pet fish. Good luck! And if you want to get the solution a little faster, you can read the riddle and its solution here.

9. "Problems can never be solved with the same mindset that created them."

For this innovative way of thinking, the Swiss received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. For his achievements in quantum physics, more precisely the research into the photoelectric effect - in short the photo effect. With the development of the theory of relativity, he also managed: to rethink things. Because his groundbreaking realization that time is relative and that the speed of light limit in the universe is more or less 300,000 kilometers per second - shook everything that physics knew beforehand.

10. "I am more interested in the future than in the past, because I intend to live in it."

This sentence probably also applies to his family. Albert Einstein reached the high point of his career at the age of 43: the award of the Nobel Prize. He had promised his first wife, Mileva Maric, the prize money. After their divorce, Mileva used the money to buy a house in Zurich, where she raised her two sons. Einstein himself was already living with his second wife and cousin, Elsa Löwenthal. When Einstein's son Eduard fell ill with schizophrenia, Mileva paid the cost of hospitalization from the remaining prize money. At that time, her ex-husband had already broken off all contact with Germany - including his son since 1933 after moving to Princeton.

Always stay curious

That was probably just a tiny look into Albert Einstein's ingenious head and mindset. Nevertheless, I already feel inspired and am fascinated by the most revolutionary physicist of the 20th century. Do you feel like studying physics and becoming the next Einstein? ;-) Have you cracked Einstein's logic puzzle and which quote could become your motto in life? Let us know in the comments and share the articles with your friends.