Full Text

Einstein, Albert (1879–1955)

Component general/fulltext_metadata_summary not loaded.

Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631198963.2005.x


Extract

German-American scientist and philosopher. Born of a Jewish family in Germany, he studied in Zurich. Five revolutionary papers published in the Annalen der Physik transformed the course of an otherwise seemingly average career and marked him out as a scientific genius. In them he outlined, among other discoveries, his new theory of relativity, which defined the precise relationship between a particle's energy and its mass and overturned previous Newtonian ‘certainties’. He held a succession of academic posts in Zurich, Prague and Berlin, before emigrating to the USA in 1935 and accepting a post at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, where he worked intermittently for the rest of his life. The remainder of his life was spent attempting to construct an alternative theory to the principle of indeterminacy: ‘What I'm really interested in is whether God could have made the world in a different way; that is, whether the necessity of logical simplicity leaves any freedom at all.’ Although not formally religious, he did not accept a theory that would ‘compel God to throw dice’. For him, the universe was essentially rational. However, the principle of indeterminacy is now widely accepted. His views on religion are outlined in the essay ‘Science and Religion’, now contained in his books Out of my Later Years (1950) and Ideas and Opinions (1954). See also P hysical science ... log in or subscribe to read full text

Log In

You are not currently logged-in to Blackwell Reference Online

If your institution has a subscription, you can log in here:

 

     Forgotten your password?

Find out how to subscribe.

Component general/extract_logon_message not loaded.



[ access key 0 : accessibility information including access key list ] [ access key 1 : home page ] [ access key 2 : skip navigation ] [ access key 6 : help ] [ access key 9 : contact us ] [ access key 0 : accessibility statement ]

Blackwell Publishing Home Page

Blackwell Reference Online ® is a Blackwell Publishing Inc. registered trademark
Technology partner: Semantico Ltd.

Blackwell Publishing and its licensors hold the copyright in all material held in Blackwell Reference Online. No material may be resold or published elsewhere without Blackwell Publishing's written consent, save as authorised by a licence with Blackwell Publishing or to the extent required by the applicable law.

Back to Top