At some point in all our lives someone a teacher, supervisor or friend has tried to explain something to us, and somehow we just don’t get it. We struggled, with whatever the underlying concept was and yet somehow it eluded our comprehension, and eventually we decided that maybe this was an example of something that we simply could not grasp.
For many of us this explains our phobias about such things as mathematics, chemistry, biology etc. and we long ago learned how to finesse our lack of interest and knowledge so that those around us are simply unaware of our apparent limitations. Moreover, we often rationalize our situation by simply convincing ourselves that knowledge of such things is not necessary to the every-day conditions of our lives. Then one day, perhaps in a burst of inspiration we see/hear something that gives us a bright sliver of insight and we are all at once aware that maybe it was not us who could not learn, but “they” who could not teach! Take heart then from a famous quote by that genius named Albert Einstein.
Albert Einstein, (1879-1955), was a German theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded as the father of modern physics. While best known for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, (which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”), he received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “…for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect“.
In 1894, in search of business, the Einstein family moved from Germany to Italy, first to Milan and then, a few months later, to Pavia. When the family moved to Pavia, Einstein stayed in Munich to finish his studies at the Luitpold Gymnasium. His father intended for him to pursue electrical engineering, but Einstein clashed with authorities and resented the school’s regimen and teaching method. He later wrote that the spirit of learning and creative thought were lost in strict rote learning. Sound familiar?
But despite all the complex theory, Einstein believed in a universal principle involving the transmission of knowledge. Said he; “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Enough said!
***This article was written by one of our contributing writers: Malcolm Noden