I decided to put Einstein in my Cosmologist menu as I regard him to be a kind of cosmologist because he among others, described the Universe in form of equations.
He also had astonishing philosophical and mystical thoughts about the Universe and his relation to it.
About religiousness, he wrote, “If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.” ( read more in Wiki and Dukas, Helen (1981). Albert Einstein the Human Side.)
- Autobiographical notes
- Early childhood
- Gravitation and space
- Einstein and the expanding Universe
- About religious feeling
- About God
- About atheists
I copied this part from Wiki as I think it is an important part to understand the human Einstein.
Einstein was raised by secular Jewish parents and attended a local Catholic public elementary school in Munich.
In his Autobiographical Notes page 3, Einstein wrote:
“I came—though the child of entirely irreligious (Jewish) parents—to a deep religiousness, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of twelve.
Through the reading of popular scientific books I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true.
The consequence was a positively fanatic orgy of freethinking coupled with the impression that youth is intentionally being deceived by the state through lies; it was a crushing impression.
Mistrust of every kind of authority grew out of this experience, a skeptical attitude toward the convictions that were alive in any specific social environment—an attitude that has never again left me, even though, later on, it has been tempered by a better insight into the causal connections.”
“It is quite clear to me that the religious paradise of youth, which was thus lost, was a first attempt to free myself from the chains of the ‘merely personal,’ from an existence dominated by wishes, hopes, and primitive feelings.
Out yonder there was this huge world, which exists independently of us human beings and which stands before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partially accessible to our inspection and thinking.
The contemplation of this world beckoned as a liberation, and I soon noticed that many a man whom I had learned to esteem and to admire had found inner freedom and security in its pursuit.
The mental grasp of this extra-personal world within the frame of our capabilities presented itself to my mind, half consciously, half unconsciously, as a supreme goal.
Similarly motivated men of the present and of the past, as well as the insights they had achieved, were the friends who could not be lost.
The road to this paradise was not as comfortable and alluring as the road to the religious paradise; but it has shown itself reliable, and I have never regretted having chosen it.
I wrote about Einstein’s field equation of general relativity (EFE) in a separate page.
Gravitation and space
For Newton gravitation was a force. Einstein said in the words of one of his disciples
- “Mass tells space how to curve”
- “Space tells mass how to move”
(Neil de Grasse Tyson in “Neil Degrasse Tyson on Einstein” on Youtube ) This video illustrates this well.
Gravitation waves was detected on Earth a few years ago. Einstein predicted these in 1918 in one of his works.
Einstein and the expanding Universe
Eisntein said about LeMaître 2Your math is correct, but your physics is abominable”. ( www.physicsoftheuniverse.com )
These are shared in quotes that har available on Internet.
“I believe in Spinoza’s God, Who reveals Himself
in the orderly harmony of what exists,
(Image source : www.brainyquote.com/quotes)
Quote to be found also in http://www.notable-quotes.com/e/einstein_albert.html
About religious feeling
“It is very difficult to elucidate this cosmic religious feeling to anyone who is entirely without it. The religious geniuses of all ages have been distinguished by this kind of religious feeling, which knows no dogma…In my view, it is the most important function of art and science to awaken this feeling and keep it alive in those who are receptive to it.” Albert Einstein.
“God does not play dice with the universe.” a quote of Einstein, that has been misunderstood. ( www.businessinsider.com/ )
“I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own–a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty.”
“I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures or has a will of the type of which we are conscious in ourselves. An individual who should survive his physical death is also beyond my comprehension, nor do I wish it otherwise; such notions are for the fears or absurd egoism of feeble souls.”
“I have repeatedly said that in my opinion, the idea of a personal God is a childlike one. You may call me an agnostic,…”
but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being.”
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“The road to this paradise was not as comfortable and alluring as the road to the religious paradise, but it has shown itself reliable, and I have never regretted having chosen it.”
I feel that this thought is very interesting. I myself have yet not regretted having chosen to study the Creation.
I think that Paul who said many stupid things were right when saying in Romans 1:19,20:
“What may be known of God is manifest in them for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse”