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Quotes of the Day for 15 March 2003 – Albert Einstein

Physicists are a brainy lot, but at the pinnacle are two individuals, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Yesterday was Einstein's birthday, he was born at Ulm, Germany on 14 March 1879. Although I have quotes from Einstein on patriotism, peace, education, celebrity, and a dozen other subjects, I'm restricting my selection to those dealing with science.

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The quotes:

A theory can be proved by experiment; but no path leads from experiment to the birth of a theory.

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination.

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

The physicist's greatest tool is his wastebasket.
     - All from Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

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