Einstein said ...

 Texts by Dr. Antonio Moreno González

"It was formerly believed that if all material things disappeared out of the universe, time and space would be left. According to the relativity theory, however, time and space would disappear together with the things".

"Do you talk about anything other than physics?", a reporter asked Einstein at a press conference. To which Einstein replied: "Yes, but not to you".

"We want to be given less praise but to be read with greater application". Einstein appropriated this phrase which he attributed to a "poet" in the speech he delivered to the Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales in Spain in 1923.

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity."

"I wonder about my attitude to life. I prefer giving to receiving, under any circumstance; I do not place importance on my person, nor the accumulation of wealth; I am not ashamed of my weaknesses, or of my errors and I instinctively take things with good humour and equanimity. There are many people like me and I do not understand at all why I have been turned into some sort of idol. It is without doubt, as incomprehensible as the mystery of an avalanche, which can be triggered by a single grain of dust, and which takes a given path".

"As far as the theorems of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality".


In the Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales de Madrid, 1923