• Question: did albert einstien inspire you in anyway

    Asked by rania06 on 12 Jun 2019.
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      Rebecca Moon answered on 12 Jun 2019:

      I wouldn’t say that Albert Einstein directly inspired my work as I’m more a biologist than a physicist, but clearly he was an amazing scientist.

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      Shobhana Nagraj answered on 12 Jun 2019:

      Yes, definitely – I love reading Albert Einstein’s quotes, which I find very inspiring! What I find most inspiring about him as a scientist, is that he thought out of the box, and used his imagination. He said “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.” I am not a physicist, so not sure if his theories are all proven correct, but some of them (theory of relativity) have recently been shown to be true – years after he wrote them, which is pretty amazing!

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      Kaitlin Wade answered on 12 Jun 2019:

      Not really. He was always someone that I had heard of but don’t think he ever inspired me to go into science.

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      Deepak Chandrasekharan answered on 13 Jun 2019:

      I find him really inspiring – in particular that his ‘annus mirabilis’ (extraordinary year) when he wrote four of the most important papers in physics happened whilst he was working full time in another job at the patent office.

      Even when he was this busy he worked on his passion of science and physics and his findings changed the world – so we can all try and make time to follow our interests and find a way!

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      Matthew Bareford answered on 13 Jun 2019:

      Albert Einstein definitely inspired me, he did something called Echolalia (repeated phrases over and over) which is one of the things I do as part of my Tourette’s. He was also believed to have been on the ASD spectrum. This information inspired me to never give up and that I too could become a scientist

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      Marianne King answered on 13 Jun 2019:

      Not really to be honest! Obviously I think he was a great scientist and I love reading about his work but as physics wasn’t my field he didn’t directly inspire me particularly.

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      David Wilson answered on 13 Jun 2019:

      His hair maybe, when it’s been a while between cuts my hair has a habit of just growing out the way.

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      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 13 Jun 2019:

      He was probably the first scientist I heard about as a child, and yes, his groundbreaking work somehow instilled in me the idea that ‘nothing is impossible’. Although I don’t work in his field, I think it would be pretty hard to work in any scientific arena that has not in some way been influenced by his work directly/indirectly. His theories that are probably most relevant to my current work are those based around the motion of molecules and the thermal properties of light (leading to the photon theory of light). Like me, Einstein was apparently an agnostic and held quite strong views about death; when he was close to the end, he refused to undergo a second surgery for an aortic aneurysm stating ‘I want to go when I want’. This sense of autonomy is so relevant today, especially as we have reached a point in medicine where it is possible to keep people with devastating/excruciatingly painful conditions alive against their wishes. This raises important ethical questions which I feel should always be at the forefront of debate.

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      Rachel Hardy answered on 14 Jun 2019:

      He didn’t directly inspire me, but I would love to learn more about his work. He was a great scientist

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      Kate Timms answered on 17 Jun 2019:

      Not really. Physics never really interested me that much, to be honest