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Reads tagged with “Albert Einstein”

Einstein’s Remarkable Letter to a Grief-Stricken Father Who Had Just Lost His Son
Einstein’s Remarkable Letter to a Grief-Stricken Father Who Had Just Lost His Son

A poignant perspective on “the way to reach the attainable measure of peace of mind.”

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Einstein on Widening Our Circles of Compassion
Einstein on Widening Our Circles of Compassion

“Our task must be to free ourselves … by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

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In Praise of the Tamed Metaphysicist: Einstein on Reality, Rationality, and the Human Passion for Comprehension
In Praise of the Tamed Metaphysicist: Einstein on Reality, Rationality, and the Human Passion for Comprehension

“There exists a passion for comprehension, just as there exists a passion for music. That passion is rather common in children, but gets lost in most people later on.”

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Einstein’s Message to Posterity from the 1939 World’s Fair Time-Capsule
Einstein’s Message to Posterity from the 1939 World’s Fair Time-Capsule

A piercing reminder of the choice that stands between the human capacities for good and evil.

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Madness and Genius: Cosmologist Janna Levin on the Vitalizing Power of Obsessiveness, from Newton to Einstein
Madness and Genius: Cosmologist Janna Levin on the Vitalizing Power of Obsessiveness, from Newton to Einstein

“Are all of nature’s greatest secrets encrypted in our own selves?”

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Living and Loving Through Loss: Beautiful Letters of Consolation from Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists
Living and Loving Through Loss: Beautiful Letters of Consolation from Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

Words of comfort and compassion from Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Rachel Carson, Charles Darwin, Alan Turing, Johannes Brahms, and Charles Dickens.

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Einstein’s Brilliant and Unusual Life, in a Graphic Novel
Einstein’s Brilliant and Unusual Life, in a Graphic Novel

From relativity to romance, an illustrated chronicle of genius.

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Don’t Heed the Haters: Albert Einstein’s Wonderful Letter of Support to Marie Curie in the Midst of Scandal
Don’t Heed the Haters: Albert Einstein’s Wonderful Letter of Support to Marie Curie in the Midst of Scandal

“If the rabble continues to occupy itself with you, then simply don’t read that hogwash, but rather leave it to the reptile for whom it has been fabricated.”

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The Most Beautiful Theory: Physicist Carlo Rovelli on the Aesthetic Enchantment and Scientific Impact of Einstein’s Relativity
The Most Beautiful Theory: Physicist Carlo Rovelli on the Aesthetic Enchantment and Scientific Impact of Einstein’s Relativity

“Ever since we discovered that Earth is round… we have understood that reality is not as it appears to us: every time we glimpse a new aspect of it, it is a deeply emotional experience.”

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Einstein on Grief, Time, Eternity, and the Privilege of Old Age: His Beautiful Letter to the Bereaved Queen of Belgium
Einstein on Grief, Time, Eternity, and the Privilege of Old Age: His Beautiful Letter to the Bereaved Queen of Belgium

“…and Mozart remains as beautiful and tender as he always was and always will be.”

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