Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Thought for the Day

'Imagination is intelligence having fun.'
--Albert Einstein. Thanks to Leslie Yerkes for flagging this lovely and powerfully evocative quote from the great one. To learn more about Leslie, go here. You can go here and here for earlier mentions of our favorite physicist/imagination guru.

7 Comments:

At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT PICTURE!!! I'd never seen it and consider myself far richer for having seen that and the accompanying quote. Thanks!

 
At 11:23 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Albert was one of a kind. And that photo captures his uniquely playful, even goofy, temperment like no other photo ever did. Reading about him years ago helped open my eyes to how closely humor and intelligence are tied.

 
At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Rosa said...

Do you have a favorite book about Einstein?

 
At 11:29 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I'd be hard pressed to think of a single favorite, and I haven't read too much about him in some years. Like Lincoln, he's the gift that keeps giving, with mountains of new material being produced about both of them years after they died. But I'll check my library and pull out one or two of the better ones (which I suppose will be those more underlined and highlighted than others).

 
At 9:22 AM, Anonymous rosa said...

I'll look forward to seeing what you pick out. Thanks.

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Actually, the first one I should mention is a book I've already written about briefly, though I had forgotten, because it was buried in the longest-ever post, a year-in-review for 2005 (mercifully, this passage is right near the top, mentioned as one of my favorite books of the year). Link to the full entry is below. But here's the part about the book in question:
"'E=mc2--A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation.' The book just flat out blew me away. It's a splendid example of an impossibly learned specialist (an Oxford physics don, no less) writing wonderfully for a general audience, which gives the lie to so many who say they can't translate complicated stuff into layman's English (the real reason is they can't write well). I especially love how the idea first occurred to the author. He writes in the introduction that while he was once watching an otherwise forgettable entertainment show on TV, the interviewer asked actress Cameron Diaz what was the one question she'd most like answered. "I'd like to know the meaning of E=mc2," she said. He took his marching orders, and turned it into a memorable book. God bless him."

http://workingwithwords.blogspot.com/2006/12/year-in-review-for-2005-our-year-end.html

 
At 12:25 PM, Anonymous rosa said...

Easily requested book through library, THANK YOU! Am sure it will be a sumptuous feast.

 

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