The role of music in Einstein’s thinking

Einstein was the product of a well-rounded education that, importantly, very much included the arts and humanities. It’s little known that Einstein was an accomplished violinist, and even less known that had he not pursued science, he said he would have been a musician:

I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.

Looking at the role of music in Einstein’s thinking sheds some light on how he shaped his most profound scientific ideas. His example suggests that in being intimately involved with the scientific complexity of music, he was able to bring a uniquely aesthetic quality to his theories. He wanted his science to be unified, harmonious, expressed simply, and to convey a sense of beauty of form.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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