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Science in Quotes: What Science Can and Cannot Do


Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 6, 2011 Last Updated: February 10, 2012
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Albert Einstein at Princeton University in February 1938. (AFP/Getty Images)

Albert Einstein at Princeton University in February 1938. (AFP/Getty Images)

Our time is distinguished by wonderful achievements in the fields of scientific understanding and the technical application of those insights. Who would not be cheered by this? Humanity has every reason to place the proclaimers of high moral standards and values above the discoverers of objective truth. What humanity owes to personalities like Buddha, Moses, and Jesus ranks for me higher than all the achievements of the enquiring and constructive mind.

—Albert Einstein, as quoted in “Albert Einstein, The Human Side: New Glimpses From His Archives” by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffmann

Albert Einstein was a physicist best known for his theory of relativity. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for his discovery of the photoelectric effect and other contributions to theoretical physics.

Einstein’s work in relativity pointed out limitations in Isaac Newton’s classical mechanics and contributed to the rise of quantum physics. It led to astronomical discoveries including black holes, neutron stars, and gravitational waves.

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