How to Think Like Einstein

Daniel Smith
10/14/2015 6:34 PM

Learn how Einstein, the man who evolved and altered the scientific landscape forever,viewed the world, and how his theories and the way he researched changed what we now take for granted.

At the age of 16, in an attempt to gain a place at university he was told that his tests were not up to the mark and he had some catching up to do. 

Allied to his unstinting curiosity was a deep faith in his own intuition. He once told a friend - "I believe in intuitions and inspirations... I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am. 

Going with his trust in intuition was an unshakable faith in the power of the imagination. He had imagination to see the world differently than anyone who had preceded him. 

Einstein was a man who liked to work alone. His greatest discoveries were mostly solitary achievements. But he had an uncanny knack of rooting out intellectual and philosophical soulmates who, even if they had limited direct impact on his work, played important roles in his overall development. 

As a student it was not clear to Einstein that a more profound knowledge of the basic principals of physics was tied up with the most intricate mathematical methods. He demonstrated a distinct lack of interest in his maths studies, so that his professor, Hermann Minkowski, remembered him as a 'lazy dog'.

His refusal to fully submit himself to the demands of the academic world was one reflection of the natural streak of rebelliousness that would prove so important in his theoretical work. 

In an interview he had said - "Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking, just as the man who spends too much time in the theatre is tempted to be content with living vicariously instead of living his own life."

Einstein's intellectual brilliance was allied to a formidable work ethic that found him scribbling equations in an old notepad right up until a few hours before his death.

For all his kindness, sociability and love of humanity, he was nevertheless totally detached from his environment and the human beings in it. 

Einstein's tendency to swim against the tide was, in actuality, rooted in his desire to restlessly question and probe in search for truth and order.

It was Einstein's cruel fate that history would forge an eternal association between him and the mushroom cloud of the nuclear bomb. But he was always a man who stood for peace. 

For him the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubborn illusion. 

How to Think Like Einstein reveals just how he accomplished his achievements with a strong determination, visualized his goals to develop a clear strategy, and viewed each success as a stepping-stone for his next challenge, never believing his work was complete. Comprehensive yet accessible, this book will have you thinking like the great man in no time.

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