Taking my cue from Einstein.

July 27th, 2012

“Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

I must share today my recent encounters with Albert Einstein, because in the past 3 weeks he’s presented himself with highly positive energy no less than a half-dozen times. First, on Monday, as I left the lobby of the Soho Grand Hotel, he had the audacity to stick out his tongue at me from across the street.  I figured it was time in my space-time continuum to write about the synchronicity of my Einstein moments.

Forbes magazine blog contributor August Turak the gave a nod to Einstein on July 17th in his well-written article, The 11 Leadership Secrets You’ve Never Heard About. After that worthy read, Einstein waved a wrench in my face from the side of a plumbing company truck.

The previous week he caught my eye at a novelty store on Madison Avenue by appearing on a “relatively delicious” Einstein’s Energy Bar. (Copy on the package suggested that if the entire mass of the bar were converted to usable energy – for which, of course, there is no known method – I could jog to the sun and back 100 times or power the entire U.S. for two years.)

Before that I got an email from BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) announcing its commissioned revival of “Einstein on the Beach, An Opera in Four Acts” for the institution’s 30th Next Wave Festival this fall. Earlier still, but after the 4th of July, while viewing BAM’s 150th Anniversary Archive Exhibition in the lobby of its main building, I was struck by the cover of a teacher’s guide titled “The Amazing Einstein,” a children’s education program BAM presented in the ‘70s.

In the event you don’t click on the photo to enlarge the copy, here’s the quote that jumped out at me:

The mind can proceed only so far upon what it knows and can prove. There comes a point where the mind takes a leap – call it intuition or what you will – and comes out upon a higher plane of knowledge, but can never prove how it got there. All great discoveries have involved such a leap.”  – Albert Einstein

I admit I’ve had Einstein on the brain since the discovery of the Higgs boson, announced with a bang in Geneva on the 4th of July. I imagined Einstein with a glass of champagne toasting with scientists around this once-elusive particle’s existence as evidence of a field that extends throughout the universe giving mass to everything in it. For the Higgs discoveries support Einstein’s Unified Field Theory of continuous structures.

A man of incredible imagination, Einstein humbly said, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” I stand with vigilante curiosity alongside those physicists today who continue to to chip away at the mysteries of nature in hopes of explaining the nature of reality.



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2 Responses to “Taking my cue from Einstein.”

  1. mark mulhern says:

    synchronicity is the most interesting form of evidence…

  2. Julie Tarney says:

    Agreed! I appreciate you for noting that and Carl Gustav Jung for giving us the term almost 100 years ago.