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Sledding Near C

Dreamed around 1890-95 by Albert Einstein

I was sledding with my friends at night. I started to slide down the hill but my sled started going faster and faster. I was going so fast that I realized I was approaching the speed of light. I looked up at that point and I saw the stars. They were being refracted into colors I had never seen before. I was filled with a sense of awe. I understood in some way that I was looking at the most important meaning in my life.

DECADES LATER

Looking back near the end of his life, Einstein said, "I knew I had to understand that dream and you could say, and I would say, that my entire scientific career has been a meditation on my dream."

EDITOR'S NOTE

This may not be poetic exaggeration. John Briggs has argued (at book length, in Fire in the Crucible) that genius requires more than high intelligence: it's a matter of seeing the world deeply unlike the societal norm; and such differences both get shaped early and manifest early. One of his examples is Einstein.

--Chris Wayan



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