Friday, December 8, 2006

16)Quotes: Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein wrote this about religion and I do not know whether it represents his monotheistic Jewish religious views or just the observations of a brilliant scientist who sees the unity of essence in the perceptual universe:

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God. "

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."

Einstein was a God-fearing scientist whose theories of Special and General Relativity I still have trouble conceptualising despite having been a student of science for over 30 years.

The two big ideas in science during the 20th century were Einstein's Relativity theories and the Quantum mechanics revolution. Einstein refused to accept the validity of Quantum mechanics despite clear evidence for its success. This is because it postulated the Uncertainty principle,namely that where an electron is at any moment in an element or a molecule can only be expressed by a statistical probabilty, not a definite certainty. Einstein's well-known quote in response to this uncertainty was: "I can not believe that God plays dice with the universe".

Later, he recanted in the face of overwhelming evidence, admitting his mistake. This was an extraordinary sign of humility from a scientist of such great stature.

He was never an experimentalist but a theoretical physicist. His special and general relativities came to him in a moment of deep intellectual insight. I believe that, while prophets and imams have access to timeless, instantaneous intellect throughout the duration of their lives, Einstein's brilliant insights were the result of momentary access to timeless, instantaneous intellect, where he saw that time dilates when an object approaches the speed of light and that the force of gravity is nothing more than the bending of space-time for large objects in the universe.


Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation:Aga Khan 4.
The God of the Quran is the One whose Ayats(Signs) are the Universe in which we live, move and have our being:Aga Khan 3