Today is Albert Einstein‘s birthday.
I find that, the more I know about Mr. Einstein, the more I admire him. I think he was at least as much a philosopher as he was a mathematician.
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He was a very smart man. To be fair, however; he was a theoretical physicist, not a mathematician.
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What’s useful to remember when thinking of Einstein as a philosopher is his main position as a theoretical physicist, as Rick pointed out. He spent a lot of time doing thought experiments to devise his theories, but the ultimate confirmation came from real-world observances. And, he was wrong on certain issues that later experiments shed more light on. He wasn’t magically brilliant, he was just the right person at the right time to synthesize the ideas of his contemporaries into a cohesive and useful(but not entirely correct) whole.
It is useful to remember this when considering his non-scientific statements. He’s not uniquely brilliant, and can be wrong on occasion, but where he’s right it is due to both the depth of his insight and the confirmation gained by keen observation of reality.
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