On March 14th we celebrated Einstein's birthday with two events. Click on each of the links to learn more about our activities andto see the pictures of the best cakes:
Read some of the students comments on selected quotes by Einstein:
"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives."
This is an excellent and intriguing quote. It took me a little while to grasp what he's saying, but I think I get it. In pursuit of truth and beauty, one must be innocent, naïve, willing to believe, longing to understand and appreciate, etc. A child embodies all of these characteristics. A child is not only trusting to a fault, but at the same time is desperate to know truth. As a Christian one is asked to have faith like a child: completely trusting and dependent on God.
When Einstein says we are permitted to be children in the pursuit of truth and beauty,
he recommends that we keep our minds open to new possibilities, remain accepting of different views, and crave knowledge in addition to understanding.
"Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift."
Einstein was incredibly smart and provides us with many insightful quotes. I chose this quote because I believe it to be extremely true. God or science in whichever you believe provided the human race with this beautiful earth and a bountiful mind, which is endless in its knowledge. I believe that we make our own destiny and that our mind is our most powerful tool. Without being able to see of being able to think and learn, life would be pointless.
Who would want to live a life where you couldn't enjoy the scenery of our world, the people that live in it, and the things we have created? To think that we could not learn, read, write, think, or comprehend would be like being a "couch potato" or essentially flying our brains. Nature embraces everything that deals with our minds, and our hearts. Without nature our world would be boring. I strongly believe in this quote and believe that because of science our world is more joyous.
"It is not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."
Einstein was an extremely dedicated and disciplined man. He studied, learned, observed, and was very interested in science and math for his whole life. He felt he was not incredibly smart, but his compassion for physics led him to keep studying and trying to understand problems even when he could not get the answer all of the time.
From his quote you can tell that he did not give up when he did not immediately get an answer. Einstein had the guts to keep trying to invent new theories and even dispelled famous scientists' theories that had come before him. He made predictions even when he did not know if they would come true or not. The fact that Einstein worked on physics his whole life, but he made countless contributions and was a Nobel laureate, shows that his hard work paid off. Even if he felt he was not naturally smart, his dedication and determination came through for him.
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
I really like this quote. I feel that people should experience the world's beauty, both intellectual and artistic. Many people experience the beauty or discover new ways of this beauty. I feel that this quote really expresses what people should do. They should keep their eyes open and stop to smell the roses. Enjoy what is around us.
"True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness."
Albert Einstein was not only an amazing scientist and an ingenious philosopher, but a very spiritual man. Someone with such an incredible mind capacity, like Einstein, must have great insight into life and the universe. In this quote, Einstein shows that he does not base his life around pure scientific facts, but follows his heart and soul in his work.
When he says that "true religion is real living," Einstein means that religion is not just in going to church and reading the bible, but it is a way of life and a connection to the world around us. He says "living with all one's soul", or truly believing in one's purpose and going through life guided by the soul. Living with goodness and righteousness is allowing the beauty in ourselves to take us through life. This quote exemplifies the depth and intelligence of Albert Einstein.
"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
In this quote, Einstein is saying that the only thing that keeps the world advancing is imagination. With imagination new knowledge is created, by new thoughts then put up to a test to either prove or disprove something. The reason Einstein was so successful in his endeavors was because he had such imagination. He was constantly thinking up new concepts and ways to calculate things. His wild imagination soon became knowledge that we now learn and study in school. If more people were able to use their brains on both a mathematical and artistic level, such as Einstein did, we would be much farther in all scientific fields than we are today.