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Who said: “Every body perseveres in its state of being at rest or of moving uniformly straight forward, except insofar as it is compelled to change its state by forces impressed.”
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Albert Einstein
(14 Mar 1879 - 18 Apr 1955)

German-American physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity. He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect.


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“Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing”

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“Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do, but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.”
— Albert Einstein
Notes on a letter, as cited in Einstein: The Human Side (1981)

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In the book Albert Einstein, the Human Side, this quote is given as the English translation of the comment in German that he jotted down on a letter. It was received while Einsten was visiting England, on his way leaving Germany to join the new Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A.

The correspondent was clearly unschooled in physics, with an understanding so muddled, he thought the world moves so fast that it seems to be stationary. Furthermore, he visualized that because of gravity, a person at different places on the spherical Earth would sometimes be upright, sometimes standing on his head, or sticking out at right angles to the earth and even, in the writer’s words, sometimes “at left angles.”

At this point, the letter asked if being upside down, standing on their heads, was when people would fall in love and do other foolish things. Einstein probably never answered this letter (as far as is known), but he did scribble in the margin his thoughts on the matter:

“Sich verlieben ist gar nicht das Dümmste, was der Mensch tut - die Gravitation kann aber nicht dafür verantwortlich gemacht werden.”1

As given in Albert Einstein, the Human Side this translates as:

“Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do, but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.”

Variations in translation seen elsewhere, include: “Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”

1 This version in German is given in a footnote at the end of an essay by Michael Winter, 'The Explosion of the Circle: Science and Negative Utopia', collected in Everett Mendelsohn and Helga Nowotny (eds.), Nineteen Eighty-Four: Science Between Utopia and Dystopia (1984), 88.

Text by Webmaster, with quote as given in Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffmann (eds.), Einstein, the Human Side: New Glimpses from His Archives (1981), 56. (source)


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