Einstein found inspiration in Mozart

NYT (via O’Reilly Radar):

Einstein once said that while Beethoven created his music, Mozart’s “was so pure that it seemed to have been ever-present in the universe, waiting to be discovered by the master.” Einstein believed much the same of physics, that beyond observations and theory lay the music of the spheres ā€” which, he wrote, revealed a “pre-established harmony” exhibiting stunning symmetries. The laws of nature, such as those of relativity theory, were waiting to be plucked out of the cosmos by someone with a sympathetic ear.

Thus it was less laborious calculation, but “pure thought” to which Einstein attributed his theories.

I’ve often wondered about the nature of genius at the levels of Einstein and Mozart – I don’t think it’s surprising that they’re more alike than different, even in such seemingly diverse fields as music and science (though the mathematical underpinnings of both mean that they too, are more similar than different). It says something fairly profound about the nature of the universe, and the insight that these men must have shared into it.

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