His Life and Universe

Walter Isaacson

Einstein offered her a deal. He would win the Nobel Prize someday, he said; if she gave him a divorce, he would give her the prize money.

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beam. As he once declared, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

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And he generally preferred to think in pictures, most notably in famous thought experiments, such as imagining watching lightning strikes from a moving train or experiencing gravity while inside a falling elevator. “I very rarely think in words at all,” he later told a psychologist. “A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterwards.”

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sublime solitude

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“Best wishes etc., especially the latter.”

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Blind respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

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Question every premise, challenge conventional wisdom, and never accept the truth of something merely because everyone else views it as obvious. Resist being credulous.

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