I am reading the book Einsteins Dreams by Alan Lightman which is a very interesting book. It is fiction and is supposed to be based on well…. Einstein’s dreams
Which led me to watch the movie I.Q. (one of my favorites). It is a romantic comedy based to Einstein’s (for the sake of the movie) “niece”, a mathematician who’s father was a physicist like Einstein, due to a series of “accidents” she crosses paths with Ed Walters, mechanic.
Sorry, this is not a movie review, just wanted to let you see how my brain functions.
As I am watching the movie an address comes up. My brain says Pssstttt….. Did Einstein really live at that address???
That was all it took. I was on it like a dog on a bone. I ran to the laptop and a couple hours later, I had read a good bit about Einstein.
I thought about the man and the myth.
Born in Germany in 1879, he also lived in Italy and Switzerland.
He was a brilliant man who loved Mozart. He himself played violin and piano.
He worked as a patent clerk before he went into science, a field he loved to study.
He was awarded a Nobel Prize.
Now having said all this, what was it like to live inside his head?? He was an introvert who saw things from a different perspective because he lived within himself. He didn’t need the stimulation from the outside world. It was somewhat of a distraction to him. He had a very close group of friends.
He was married twice and had two sons.
It had to be a blessing and a curse to be that smart. To be a genius, how does that feel? How did it feel to have something take over your thought process? How did it feel for everyone to think you held all the answers to all their questions in your pocket?
Being the personality type that I am, I have to have a variety of things going on; I need to jump between multiple projects or I crash and burn. My person, just the opposite. He can work on a project for hours, days, weeks and not think about another project. He will cringe if he should read this, I would compare him to Einstein. He is that smart. He has to know a subject inside, outside, upside down and backward. Me when I hit a wall with one thing, I have something else to work on while the original project is churning around in my brain. That’s just how I roll.
It’s not that one way is better than the other. I am a dabbler and he is focused. It is just the difference in human beings. It makes life interesting. I am showing him a new project or photo every day or so and when he is ready, he shows me what he is working on. I don’t push it. I don’t ask, I wait for him to tell me knowing that it will be something amazing. I like that about us.
So before I sign off, here is but one of the sites I visited last night and yes….. Einstein did live at 112 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ.
Some of my favorite quotes taken from the official website:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Quoted in interview by G.S. Viereck , October 26,1929. Reprinted in “Glimpses of the Great”(1930).
“Why is it that nobody understands me, yet everybody likes me?”
—Albert Einstein — Quoted in an interview with New York Times, March 12,1944.
And my favorite of all time….
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
—Albert Einstein — To Carl Seelig – March 11,1952. AEA 39–013