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Albert Einstein on the Fickle Nature of Fame, the Real Rewards of Work, and the “Whole Buffoonery” of the Cultural Establishment
Albert Einstein on the Fickle Nature of Fame, the Real Rewards of Work, and the “Whole Buffoonery” of the Cultural Establishment

“Worshipped today, scorned or even crucified tomorrow, that is the fate of people whom—God knows why—the bored public has taken possession of.”

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On a Beam of Light: The Story of Albert Einstein, Illustrated by the Great Vladimir Radunsky
On a Beam of Light: The Story of Albert Einstein, Illustrated by the Great Vladimir Radunsky

The charming visual tale of an introverted little boy who grew up to become the quintessential modern genius.

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How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius
How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius

“Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.”

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The Secret to Learning Anything: Albert Einstein’s Advice to His Son
The Secret to Learning Anything: Albert Einstein’s Advice to His Son

“That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.”

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When Einstein Met Tagore: A Remarkable Meeting of Minds on the Edge of Science and Spirituality
When Einstein Met Tagore: A Remarkable Meeting of Minds on the Edge of Science and Spirituality

Collision and convergence in Truth and Beauty.

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Einstein on Fairy Tales and Education
Einstein on Fairy Tales and Education

“How far superior an education that stresses independent action and personal responsibility is to one that relies on drill, external authority and ambition.”

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Einstein on Why We Are Alive
Einstein on Why We Are Alive

The meaning of human existence in five lines.

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Do Scientists Pray? Einstein Answers a Little Girl’s Question about Science vs. Religion
Do Scientists Pray? Einstein Answers a Little Girl’s Question about Science vs. Religion

“Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man.”

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Why War: Einstein and Freud’s Little-Known Correspondence on Violence, Peace, and Human Nature
Why War: Einstein and Freud’s Little-Known Correspondence on Violence, Peace, and Human Nature

“Every man has a right over his own life and war destroys lives that were full of promise.”

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Women in Science: Einstein’s Advice to a Little Girl Who Wants to Be a Scientist
Women in Science: Einstein’s Advice to a Little Girl Who Wants to Be a Scientist

On what matters and what doesn’t.

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