Monday, May 30, 2011

Monday's Nature Quote



I am a little piece of nature.

--Albert Einstein

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17 comments:

  1. Love love LOVE the idea of your Monday nature quote----will come back again and again for this little shot of energy. The first one was extraordinary----wanted to write a haiku, but had other priorities for the time being. Is it too late?

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  2. Oh please add a haiku any time! And I'll be offering a new haiku challenge each Friday. Thanks for the encouragement on both ideas. I once had a website named Haikuverymuch.com that suggested a topic each week, and for many years I've kept a notebook of quotes that I like and couldn't leave behind--and it finally dawned on me that I could include both of these interests on my blog. So one landed on Monday, and the other on Friday.

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  3. And I'm a little teapot!

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  4. Einstein had a way with words as well as physics. I'm not sure who said it first (but am sure if he didn't he would agree) that we are made of star dust, every particle emanating from The Big Bang. How nicely it all fits together.

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  5. Short and stout? (Actually, you're neither...)

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  6. Perfect! It says so much!

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  7. One of my favorite quotes from one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. Now if we can only get the majority to understand the power in this statement.

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  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  9. The saying about us being made of star stuff comes from none other than Carl Sagan.

    Patricia, do you know where this quote from Einstein comes from - a book, letter, etc.? I am rather skeptical about such quotes, as many times a historical figure's name is attached to them and they never said nor wrote it.

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  10. You're right, Michael, as that quote from MLK that flew around Facebook and Twitter--with an extra sentence or two tacked on--recently proved. For a little more on the Einstein quote, check out page 3 here: http://kristinandjerry.name/jerry_teaching/wou_classes/ed433w_info/Girod%20-%20Appreciating%20The%20Beauty%20Of%20Science%20Ideas.pdf

    The quote is his; there may be more in the interpretation of it than appears at first blush.

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  11. Thanks, Patricia. I am checking out the book by Holton that article cites for the quote, because I want to see what Holton cites as the source for it...

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  12. Great--let me know if you manage to track it down. I've been carrying around that quote for so long in my old notebook that I have no idea where I got it from... I can find it readily all over the web, but not with source/book.

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  13. Okay, the Girod et al. article cites Gerard Holton, Thematic Origins of Scientific Thought (1973, updated 1988). On page 384 I found: "Two processes to describe the same effect of the induced current? That it too complicated. Nature does not work this way, and Einstein does not work this way. The overlap between the two was once expressed by Einstein in a humble sentence: 'I am a little piece of nature.' " 

    While Holton seems to cite everything else in his book, he gives no citation for this little quote.

    I don't think Einstein ever uttered or wrote it.

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  14. I've seen that attributed to him in more than one place--how interesting that it all might be based on a false attribution.

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  15. It doesn't surprise me though. Einstein is one of those figures this happens to. There's some quote about the decline of bees and it's attributed to Einstein, although he never said anything in his life, at least recorded, about bees!

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