" I wished to show that space-time is not necessarily something to which one can ascribe a separate existence, independantly of the actual objects of physical reality. Physical objects are not in space, but these objects are spatially extended" Source: Relativity, 15th Edition
Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer. to the secret of the 'old one'. I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice.
"The relativity principle in connection with the basic Maxwellian equations demands that the mass should be a direct measure of the energy contained in a body; light transfers mass. With radium there should be a noticeable diminution of mass. The idea is amusing and enticing; but whether the Almighty is laughing at it and is leading me up the garden path - that I cannot know."
Regarding Isaac Newton: "in one person combined the experimenter, the theorist, the mechanic and, not least, the artist in exposition."
"After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are always artists as well."
"I have deep faith that the principle of the universe will be beautiful and simple."
"In light of knowledge attained, the happy achievement seems almost a matter of course, and any intelligent student can grasp it without too much trouble. But the years of anxious searching in the dark, with their intense longing, their alterations of confidence and exhaustion, and the final emergence into the light - only those who have experienced it can understand it."
"Newton, forgive me."
"The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."
"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."