Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded as the father of modern physics and the most influential physicist of the 20th century. While best known for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation"), he received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect". The latter was pivotal in establishing quantum theory within physics.

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  • If my theory of relativity is proven correct, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a Ger...
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born-U.S. theoretical physicist. Address, December 1929, at the Sorbonne. Quoted in New York Times (February 16, 1...
  • ''If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.''
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born U.S. theoretical physicist. quoted in Observer (London, Jan. 15, 1950).
  • ''There could be no fairer destiny for any physical theory than that it should point the way to a more comprehensive theory in which it lives on as a limiting case.''
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), U.S. physicist, mathematician, philosopher of science, pacifist. Trans. by K. Popper. Ueber die spezielle und die allgeme...
  • ''In so far as the statements of geometry speak about reality, they are not certain, and in so far as they are certain, they do not speak about reality.''
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), U.S. physicist, mathematician, philosopher of science, pacifist. Geometry and Experience, p. 3 (1941). On the distinc...
  • ''The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.''
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), U.S. physicist, mathematician, philosopher of science, pacifist. "Ideas and Opinions," p. 270, Physics and Reality (1936)...
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