Music and Physics

I would have made the quotation below, attributed to Albert Einstein, a “quote of the day”, but I have yet to find the original source from which it derives. If you know where it comes from, do let me know!

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. … I get most joy in life out of music.”

— Albert Einstein
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  • Quixie

    I don’t know where that particular quote came from, but in Ronald W Clark’s biography, Einstein: The Life and Times, there’s this bit:”He had his music, but this, as he would explain on occasions, was in some ways an extension of his thinking process, a method of allowing the subconscious to solve particularly tricky problems. “Whenever he felt that he had come to the end of the road or into a difficult situation in his work,” his elder son has said, “he would take refuge in music, and that would usually resolve all his difficulties.” Einstein himself once remarked that: “Music has no effect on research work, but both are born of the same source and complement each other through the satisfaction they bestow.”(pp. 140–141)