Who was Albert Einstein? At a very young age, the eminent German physicist became a paradigm for the brilliant scientist, associated to a bunch of theories and discoveries of the modern science. It's often a little bit dangerous association and even a stereotype sometimes. It's the result of a mix of admiration, myths and unfamiliarity with the essence and application of his complex theories. His involvement at the construction of atomic bomb, for example, is one of them. All kinds of research will clarify all doubts of the historical and even the scientific especialities, if we broach more specific readings. That said, what kinds of truths and speculations about Einstein weren't told and aren't obvious?
Answers can come up if we try to understand better the man behind the scientist and know his life and the narrations of those who were close to him. Such things aren't always at the encyclopedias or at the official biographies. It's known he was an uncommon person who combined intelligence and sensibility on a high proportion. He had also a deep, almost mystic, intuition that often let him solve problems which reached a cul-de-sac. Some blindfolded steps on an empty space, guided by his intuition -- and the solution appeared just like the other side of a river. And it was like if he always knew it had always been there.
It wasn't only and simply his work method analyze experimental data and formulate a theory -- something that isn't properly a typical scientist attitude. Maybe it's something typical for a philosopher. He was used to reach the point through thought and imagination -- an admirable thing. Perhaps that's why the famous Relativity Theory arose before its experimental confirmation -- and not the opposite. Friends and colleagues of him declared that he wasn't surprised when the practical effects of what he had predicted in theory were verified. For him, the experience was simply the confirmation of what he already knew in his heart of hearts:
"I don't consider as the main meaning of the General Relativity Theory the prediction of some tiny observable effects, but the simplicity of its foundation and its coherence."
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