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QUIZ Who said it Einstein or not

first_img Einstein ullstein bild via Getty Images Not Einstein Einstein Question © Everett Collection Historical/Alamy “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the word.” An error occurred loading the Quiz. Please try again later. Not Einstein “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” Results: You answered out of correctly – Click to revisit Although this quotation is commonly attributed to Einstein, there’s no evidence that he said it. It has also been misattributed to Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin. A likely source is the American author Rita Mae Brown, in her 1983 novel Sudden Death, but it may have been around even before that. Not Einstein 0 This year marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s general theory of relativity! Find out more in Science. “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” You Given the nature of his work, it seems like Einstein should have said this. But the quote belongs to Paul Dirac, a British theorist who reconciled quantum mechanics with Einstein’s special theory of relativity. Smithsonian Institution/Flickr This morsel of self-acceptance sounds like it must come from Dr. Phil or some self-help book. In fact, Einstein wrote these words to his friend and fellow physicist Max Born on 9 September 1920 in regret over a newspaper article in which he insulted Philipp Lenard, a German physicist and Nazi, who called for the rejection of “Jewish physics.” It’s true—Einstein hated socks. His secretary, Helen Dukas, said, “The professor never wears socks. Even when he was invited by Mr. Roosevelt to the White House, he didn’t wear socks.” Einstein AFP/Getty Images Einstein Time’s Up! Hulton Archive/Getty Images Not Einstein Who said it: Einstein or not? Einstein “One could perhaps describe the situation by saying that God is a mathematician of a very high order, and He used very advanced mathematics in constructing the universe.” Score © Everett Collection Inc/Alamy This was indeed Einstein, revealing his spiritual bent in a statement presented to a 1940 symposium in New York, on the subject of how science, philosophy, and religion can inform and advance democracy. Although Einstein didn’t adhere to any particular religion, he felt divine reverence for the order of nature, as his many spiritual aphorisms demonstrate. “God does not play dice.” Average “When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.” “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” AFP/Getty Images Einstein famously doubted that quantum mechanics could be the ultimate framework for theoretical physics. But this line belongs to Richard Feynman, an American theorist who helped unify quantum theory and electrodynamics. Like most physicists, he just accepted the probabilistic nature of quantum theory and got on with it.center_img Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images © World History Archive/Alamy “Two things inspire me to awe—the starry heavens above and the moral universe within.” Not Einstein Not Einstein “I don’t know [what weapons will be used in the Third World War]. But I can tell you what they’ll use in the fourth—rocks!” Einstein Einstein did utter this well-known quip in an interview, but he may not have been the first to come up with it. Earlier references attribute a similar quote to an unidentified army officer. Start Quiz Not Einstein 0 / 12 © Everett Collection Inc/Alamy © Sergey Konenkov/Sygma/Corbis Einstein Einstein Einstein said it, and the quote is often taken as a gentle admonishment to his colleagues that whatever their struggles might be, his were even worse. In fact, Einstein wrote these lines in a letter to a schoolgirl named Barbara Lee Wilson, in response to her letter to him. Einstein © Sergey Konenkov/Sygma/Corbis Einstein said this in a long interview in The Saturday Evening Post in 1926 with George Sylvester Viereck. However, Viereck may have exercised a strong hand in portraying Einstein. He also wrote: “I scribbled down a sentence here and there, but afterwards my notes were as difficult to interpret as the fantastic network of a dream.” LOADING From coffee cups to T-shirts to Internet memes, quotations from Einstein pop up everywhere. But did the great physicist really say all the things we think he did? See if you can tell Einstein’s own words from those of others! Not Einstein Top Ranker Einstein Yep, that’s how Einstein expressed his contempt for the fact that quantum mechanics deals only probabilities, not exact predictions. In fact, at a 1927 conference in Brussels, Einstein repeated this line so often that other physicists tired of it, German theorist Werner Heisenberg later recalled. Not Einstein Not Einstein “Everyone has to sacrifice at the altar of stupidity from time to time.” Einstein Einstein Although one can see why the appealing sentiment is so often followed by Einstein’s name, it’s a gloss of a passage from German philosopher Immanuel Kant’s 1788 Critique of Practical Reason: “Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more seriously reflection concentrates upon them: the starry heaven above me and the moral law within me.” “Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” Not Einstein This wasn’t Einstein, but rather the science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke writing in his 1962 book, Profiles of the Future. It’s the first of what are known as Clarke’s three laws. The second is: “[T]he only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” The third is: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Not Einstein “When I was young, I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock. So I stopped wearing socks.” Share your scorelast_img read more

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