Music: How Einstein Explored Space & Time

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Coming to the world of physicists and their intellectually complex world of theory, mathematical formulae and late night coffee, we would all probably give bets to favour the idea that their genius must have come simply from their brains and their relentless pursuit for knowledge. Well, guess what. The answer happens to be yes, and no. Believe it or not, there is another factor that drives this success, an important fuel that works less to drive passion & motivation but to actually inspire & open the doors to new discovery. Music.

And one Albert Einstein, the brainchild behind space-time(and not space and time), testifies all of this.

How Music Inspires Creativity
Most of us must have heard the hype around how Mozart’s classics & baroque pieces have the ability to temporarily increase IQ. While there has not been a satisfying proof from tests to turn this hype into fact, what is true is that this particular genre does get our concentration up and creative juices flowing when played in the background. Which is why it can be useful to artists & composers who might be looking for new inspiration. Mozart can hardly put us on the dance floor, but the unique senerity of this music is perfect for homework & study. Tasks that demand focus and ideas. Or, in Einstein’s case, the answer in space & time.

Einstein, the amateur pianist & violinist took nearly a decade to come up with his famous household formula for energy(E equals em-see square). Apart from his work in physics, he took his time to explore his hobbies in music, often using it more as a refuge to battle stress. Just like prayer, metidation, drinking, gaming or venting, similar ways different people would use to fight stress. But Einstein’s particular hobby did not just put him off the depression radar. By making music a habit, it stimulated his creative juices every single day and pushed his imaginative ability to new heights. This was the key to his success. By exploiting the creativity of a musician & an artist, Einstein was able to come up with entirely new concepts within logic & mathematics.

For Albert Einstein, his genius did not come from simple absorption and application of maths & science, but from imagination, creativity and intuition.


Even listening to pop music, our brain counts its steady, rhythmic beats whether we’re aware of it or not. It is this counting that lets us predict the song’s tempo intuitively so that we know what comes next, even if it’s the first time we hear the song. Looks like maths is always going on in our heads.
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Maths, Music & Science
For college students & professors maths & science have become dull subjects where we think in terms of numbers & formulas, and music is but a stress reliever and tool for boosting concentration. For Einstein, who thinks in terms of music and expresses himself in terms of maths & science, his story becomes a curious topic for us to explore. Throughout his life, the man liked to stress the importance of imagination over knowledge. Which is a good thing, if we’re looking to explore new paths in maths & science, challenging theories and conventional thinking.

“It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.”
-Albert Einstein

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