Sunday, March 21, 2010

Einstein Quote

"It's not that I'm so smart , it's just that I stay with problems longer ."-Albert Einstein

As I was scrolling down the page skimming over quotes I realized this post would be more of a challenge then I originally thought, not because explaining would hard but because choosing one quote seemed to be impossible. The one I choose was the most interesting for me because what he is talking about comes up in my learning process a lot. The most interesting thing I find about this quote is that one of the few geniuses is admitting that he is not all that smart.  Einstein contributes all his discoveries to a great work ethic. Now this is shocking because you would expect a genius to not only know that he is one but to gloat about being one. This part shows just how humble Einstein was, making him that much cooler. The second part I also really liked. Most student studies are about being able to plug-and-chug. We do not really need to read and understand what they are asking and why they are asking, all we need to know is how to identify variables and put them in a given equation correctly. When we do not get the correct answer we go straight to another student or teacher for help. I cannot speak for others but because of this my problem solving skills are not that good and I do as mentioned above a lot. Albert Einstein did more then just try find the answer as easily as possible and when he didn't he did not just give up. As he said he stuck with the problem. Einstein seemed like he asked himself challenging question and if the answer was not easily obtainable, he still stayed with that problem trying to understand everything about it. Over all I don't think he is saying that he is not a genius or he has made all his discoveries because of his work ethic but a combination of both. Einstein used both his work ethic and his natural talent for problems and one should not attribute all of his success to just that he was born a genius. To sum it up Einstein was not a lazy genius. 

1 comment:

  1. Great reflection!! I love that quote and was looking forward to having somebody in the class selecting it. I am very happy that it was you!!
    You have excellent work ethic but the neat thing is that you always strive to go beyond just work ethic but to really challenge your learning. I applaud your efforts!
    Your realization that it is not just a 'plug and chug' that makes people successful at problem solving is very profound. Understanding the concepts is more important than just finding a "formula".
    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, you are amazing!