Wednesday, 14 March 2018

in the temple of science there are many mansions

To mark what would have been his one hundred-thirty-ninth birthday, Aeon magazine features an engrossing and retrospective essay on the life and times of Albert Einstein and his contributions to science and social justice and his rather fraught and puzzled relationship to fame and celebrity. Speculating on why such rarified pursuits touching the nature of the Cosmos with rather destructive practical application resonated with the public, Einstein eschewed worship and was himself highly skeptical of appeal to authority, though owning he’d been duly punished for his distrust by becoming the expert witness for himself.