Brain Byte: What Did Einstein Say About “Genius”?

Some Things Albert Einstein Accomplished (from Wikipedia)

Albert Einstein (/ˈælbərt ˈnstn/; German: [ˈalbɐrt ˈaɪnʃtaɪn] ( ); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science.[3] He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongsidequantum mechanics).[2][4] He is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”).[5] He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect“.[6] The latter was pivotal in establishing quantum theory.


Einstein’s theory of Genius

In spite of Albert Einstein’s incredible contributions to science, it is said that he was late to speak, an average math student, and possible that he failed French.

According to The Einstein Factor, Albert Einstein believed that you could stimulate ingenious thought by allowing your imagination to float freely, unrestrained by conventional inhibitions.  For example, Einstein attributed his discovery of the Theory of Relativity not to any special gift but rather to what he called his “retarded” development.

“A normal adult never stops to think about problems of space and time,” Einstein mused. “These are things which he has thought of as a child.  But my intellectual development was retarded, as a result of which I began to wonder about space and time only when I had already grown up.”







Footnotes: Body information from The Einstein Factor book by Win Wenger, Ph.D. and Richard Poe.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kelly pekrul
    Dec 11, 2014 @ 22:41:06

    Hey Kim, Lewis is researching Albert Einstein for his historical fiction story! Lewis was so excited to learn that Einstein was a “slow learner” and also a late talker with some speech difficulty. Lewis has apraxia of speech and is also dyslexic. This has given him a lot of EnCouragement. I love the insight that you shared about his imagination. Lewis is constantly lost in “his own little world” imagining all sorts of things. I am excited to see what God has in store for him.

    Question, do u know, did Einstein believe in God? I thought he was quoted saying religion can’t exist without science or vice versa. Can’t find out for sure if he actually had faith. I see that he was brought up in the church. Lewis is very concerned about this… 😉

    Have a great weekend!!



    • kimkcsonshine
      Dec 12, 2014 @ 00:16:32

      Thanks, Kelly, I am also excited for Lewis! He has a bright future! I am so grateful he is encouraged; as he should be. 🙂

      With regard to Einstein’s religious beliefs I do not have a definitive, as I have read varying reports. It seems he did recognize the fact that there is a God.


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