March 15, 2007
S. James Gates, Jr. and Thomas Levenson —
Einstein's Ethics

Part one of this series takes Einstein's science as a starting point for exploring the great physicist's perspective on ideas such as mystery, eternity, and the mind of God.

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is a theoretical physicist and John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland. He's written widely on string theory, and has advanced unified field theories of the type first envisioned by Einstein.

is Associate Professor of Science Writing at MIT. He's produced "Einstein Revealed" for NOVA and has authored several books on science and technology, including Einstein in Berlin.

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The world as I see it is an excellent article, years ago I encountered the Chinese version when I was a senior school student. It really encouraged me to think independently and profoundly about the world and people around us. Though now I failed the dream of being a great physicist as him, it still gives me power to live a life I really want to have. Thanks for your work I get this nice English version and heard Einstein himself's German-accent English via links of the great Wikipedia. I will study hard to pursue the life I want. Thank you!

What happened to the Tillich thing. there was a very important article by Paul Tillich in response to Einstein and I traced to this URL but it's not here anymore. It's very important that be on the net for all fans of Tillich.

The phrase "tikkun olam" really means something else.

Here's a link to an article that sets the record straight: