In 1905, Einstein supplanted Newton’s mechanical view of the universe with a new foundation for physics which connected space and time as well as matter and energy.
Einstein in a textbook authored: “A new concept appeared in physics, the most important invention since Newton’s time: the field. It needed great scientific imagination to realize that it is not charges nor the particles that the field in the space between the charges and the particles that is essential for the description of physical phenomena.” In a different time, Einstein went on as follows: “The human being is part of a whole called by us universe, in part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this person by widening circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and all of nature in its beauty.”
Original writing date: June 30, 2009