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Einstein Thought About Everything In Pictures And That Partly Explains His Genius

Albert Einstein had one of the greatest minds in history.

How did he use it? What was his mind's greatest strength? Its great weakness?

There is a fantastic anecdote from brilliant author and biographer Walter Isaacson. He speaks about Einstein's use of images and pictures. Einstein envisioned each mathematical and scientific problem as picture. Isaacson explains:
"...His great breakthroughs came from visual experiments performed in his head rather than the lab. They were called Gedanken Experiment -- thought experiments. At age 16, he tried to picture in his mind what it would be like to ride alongside a light beam. If you reached the speed of light, wouldn't the light waves seem stationery to you? But Maxwell's famous equations describing electromagnetic waves didn't allow that. He knew that math was the language nature uses to describe her wonders, so he could visualize how equations were reflected in realities. So for the next ten years he wrestled with this thought experiment until he came up with the special theory of relativity."



See more: 20 Things You Need to Know About Einstein by Walter Isaacson and Time Magazine