Thursday, February 12, 2009


If someone says to you, “you are an Einstein,” it’s a compliment. The term has become synonymous with ‘genius.’ The term “Einstein” derives from a phenomenally brilliant person, Albert Einstein.

In 1999 Time magazine named Albert Einstein its “Person of the Century.” Born in Germany in 1879 Albert Einstein died in 1955. Born into a Jewish family that didn’t observe Jewish practices he attended a Roman Catholic elementary school. A theoretical physicist Einstein won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics specifically for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect. He is renowned for his theory of relativity and specifically his mass–energy equivalence that is expressed by the equation E = mc2. During his career he wrote 300 scientific works and 150 non-scientific works.

He was a profoundly complex man and because of his fame and genius he was expected to pass judgment on numerous subjects unrelated to physics or mathematics and he didn’t hesitate to express himself. He defied the growing Nazi movement in Germany and spoke passionately for the formation of the State of Israel.

Einstein occasionally used the term "God" as has Stephen Hawking, and I am dismayed by any in the Christian community who immediately claim that he was a believer. It is much better to ask which God, what kind of God or what did he have in mind?

Einstein did not believe in a personal God and believed the idea was a childish concept. He termed himself agnostic rather than atheistic because his admiration for the structure of the world was so ardent that this emotion served as God. He himself wrote: "A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms—it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man." (Einstein, Albert (1949). The World as I See It. New York: Philosophical Library. ).

Einstein in a 1 min clip, teaching E+MC2

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