Are you still with me on this? Starting the modern era with a short profile of the great man himself and his pin ups. Cheers.
Albert Einstein 1879-1955 , Germnay
was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). While best known for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed "the world’s most famous equation"), he received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect". The latter was pivotal in establishing quantum theory
Albert Einstein, arguably the most famous scientist of recent centuries, kept a picture of Isaac Newton on his study wall, alongside pictures of Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell. Who were they? We have read already, in the pre-darwin series of profiles, about the quirky and brilliant Isaac Newton. Now lets look at Faraday and Maxwell to open the era up to today. Surprisingly these three pin up boys were all outstanding pioneers in physics and also sincere men of faith. They set up the twentieth century of science.
But first a little about the great man. Einstein’s Jewish background was not where his own mind took him, but he was religiously convinced of some things about God.
I want to know how God created this world… I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details.
I have never found a better expression than ‘religious’ for this trust in the rational nature of reality and of its peculiar accessibility to the human mind. Where this trust is lacking science degenerates into an uninspired procedure. Let the devil care if the priests make capital out of this. There is no remedy for that.
Whoever has undergone the intense experience of successful advances in this domain [science] is moved by profound reverence for the rationality made manifest in existence.. the grandeur of reason incarnate in existence.
Certain it is that a conviction, akin to a religious feeling, of the rationality or intelligibility of the world lies behind all scientific work of a high order…This firm belief, a belief bound up with deep feeling, in a superior mind that reveals itself in the world of experience, represents my conception of God.