"Try not to become a man of success but rather a man of value"
It's hard to think of a scientist who has made a bigger impact on the scientific world and it is impossible to think of a scientist who has made a bigger splash on pop culture. At the end of the 20th century numerous media publications named noteworthy individuals to people of the century or most important people to their particular fields.
In a century where democracy exploded around the globe, revolutions made every government tremble, and leaders from humble origins became global icons; a scientist was named Time's magazine person of the century. That's right Albert Einstein beat out leaders like Franklin Roosevelt, revolutionaries like Lenin, dictators like Stalin, villains like Hitler, musicians like Elvis, athletes like Ali, and humanists like Gandhi. Why is a scientist more important?
The most known fact on Einstein is his intelligence. IQ tests are designed to compare people to Albert Einstein. He imagined scientific theories more complex than any scientist before him. "Imagination is more important than knowledge." If Einstein should be recognized for anything, it's his willingness not to accept at face value any previous scientific facts. Nobody can ignore its profound impact. His theory of relativity may have been the greatest theory of all-time for thinking out of the box. He proposed time wasn't constant. Time was a variable interchangeable as space that could be altered. Under this theory Einstein proposed that everybody had their own personal time and it varies depending on where you're travelling too and in what direction.
Albert Einstein theories were not constrained by any limits. He was the first scientist to propose that the majority of the universe consisted of dark energy. Under this theory black holes had dark energy and time stood still. When the universe was created without the constraints of time the universe was able to expand at a massive rate.
This site is primarily a political site. Like other scientists before him Einstein continued in their tradition as being a hell raiser. As a refugee from Germany he adopted a pro-Zionist stance, and despite his pacifist nature he supported an attack against Hitler. But unlike other Zionists he was also concerned about Arab land rights. He was also a pacifist and protested to the Kaiser about the First World War. Even though he was a scientist he had deep understanding of the world that could be be communicated to the average person simply. "You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war." After the Second World War he advocated for nuclear proliferation and spoke against McCarthyism. "We scientists ... whose tragic destination has been to help in making the methods of annihilation more gruesome and more effective, must consider it our solemn and transcendent duty to do all in our power in preventing these weapons from being used." Atomic energy was a problem for Einstein rooted in mankind's faults. "The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one."
"We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality." Another unique characteristic about Albert Einstein was his view that man was not the centre of the universe. "The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility." He blended science and religion like no philosopher or scientist before him. "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." His vision of God was not limited to a watch-maker but as an active participate in our lives.
"At any rate, I am convinced that God does not play dice." Portraying God in this manner proved Einstein to be an optimist who believed that human beings weren't being controlled by random forces but there was so greater purpose to our lives. Perhaps the best way to define Einstein's legacy to the world is he is what we are missing right now. With the recent statement by top US scientists claiming that the Bush administration is altering the scientific facts from everything from climate change to Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Since Einstein's death there has no been a scientist that has captured the world's imagination. No scientist has proven capable of communicating to the general public the urgency of environment and political skewing of scientific evidence is threatening to our planet. A genius is not somebody who doesn't have the ability to explain a complex issue. A genius is instead an individual who investigates that complex issue and uses his or her intellect to simplify the gravity of the situation. If a scientist like this doesn't arrive this prediction by Albert Einstein might become a reality.
"I know not with what
World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with
sticks and stones."
Updated: April 23, 2008
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