The 20th century was an important period in the evolution of the human understanding of many aspects of science. Maybe one of the biggest discoveries since Newton’s discovery of gravity was the “Theory of Relativity”. This scientific principle was discovered by one of the greatest minds ever, Albert Einstein. This German-born theoretical physicist would have a huge impact on the 20th century, maybe more than any other scientist would. By changing the way science looked at space and time, he made many new discoveries possible.
This theory was discovered in an eight-year period of this genius’s scientific career. The general relativity principle states that there is a gravitational pull between masses that affect not only space but time. Once Einstein had identified this principle, he became even more of a star and found himself in front of tons of people. After all, who didn’t want to sit down and talk to that loveable albeit wacky genius!
His laid-back personality made his descriptions very accessible to the masses, and with that came the opportunity to leave his mark on history. These conversations left us with memorable and impactful quotes that students and scientists, for decades after, have been inspired by.
Time and Space Quotes by Einstein
“Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.”
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and his feelings as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness.”
“Time and space are not conditions of existence, time and space is a model for thinking.”
“I sometimes ask myself how it came about that I was the one to develop the theory of relativity. The reason, I think, is that a normal adult never stops to think about problems of space and time. These are things that he has thought about as a child. But my intellectual development was retarded, as a result of which I began to wonder about space and time only when I had already grown up.”
“When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.”
“Formerly, people thought that if matter disappeared from the universe, space and time would remain. Relativity declares that space and time would disappear with matter.”
“I cannot seriously believe in it [quantum theory] because the theory cannot be reconciled with the idea that physics should represent a reality in time and space, free from spooky actions at a distance.”
“The ordinary adult never gives a thought to space-time problems … I, on the contrary, developed so slowly that I did not begin to wonder about space and time until I was an adult. I then delved more deeply into the problem than any other adult or child would have done.”
“All the fifty years of conscious brooding have brought me no closer to answer the question, “What are light quanta?” Of course today every rascal thinks he knows the answer, but he is deluding himself.”
“Each ray of light moves in the coordinate system ‘at rest’ with the definite, constant velocity V independent of whether this ray of light is emitted by a body at rest or a body in motion.”
“Everything is determined … by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect as well as the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust—we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”
“I don’t pretend to understand the universe–it’s much bigger than I am.”
Who Is the Author of the Listed Quotes
Many great minds have others to attribute their inspiring and insightful words to, thanks to having someone write their speeches or just from taking words from others and twisting them to their purposes. Albert Einstein spoke his own words and wrote his own speeches. Einstein is one of the greatest physicists of all time and was responsible for discovering a power principle that affects any aspect of science.
Though he is best known for his Theory of Relativity, the scientist played a part in other significant discoveries in disciplines like quantum mechanics and the pure philosophy of science. Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics and, because of his significant contributions to science, worked his way into his name being used to describe genius.
Einstein had a rough life and found his path later in life. His story has inspired so many people to follow their dreams both in the fields of science as well as elsewhere.
The Theory of Relativity may have been the greatest discovery in the history of the world but the man behind it had so much more to give the world of science as he unraveled the mysteries of time and space. Though the answers to everything have yet to be discovered, his work pushed the world one step closer to figuring out the wonders of the world.
Einstein was a man who lived a hectic life and found his genius to help him out of many of these tragic situations. His mind was beautiful and filled with information and thoughts that most of us could never imagine. These quotes showed that he had a unique way of looking at the principles of time and space. Simply put, he was much more than just a physicist; he was a bit of a philosopher as well.
“Words are power” is a saying as old as time, but it is just as true when it comes to the quotes we looked at above. Einstein may have been talking about science and discoveries in that field, but his words had weight. Though aimed at space and time, these quotes could easily be used to help you in any area of your life. He was an approachable genius that will be remembered for centuries to come!