Which famous scientist said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge?”
Albert Einstein Alexander Graham Bell
Nicola Tesla Thomas Alva Edison
And the answer is . . . Albert Edison!
Can you find him? Look under the photos. You’ll see each scientist’s most famous achievement.
Albert Einstein Alexander Graham Bell Nicola Tesla Thomas Alva Edison
The equation E=MC2 The telephone The Tesla coil The light bulb
Part 2 – Albert and I – What do we think about imagination?
My source from QuizClub cited a newspaper correspondent who interviewed Albert Einstein about how he thought. I thought he’d speak about reason, and logic, and calculations. He said, “I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am . . . I would have been surprised if I had been wrong.
Occasionally I’ve had those feelings, those intuitions, that I’m on the right path. It’s just a feeling. Sometimes the intuitions are right, but not always.
He also said, “I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
When I was younger, I believed in the power of knowledge, maybe it was the teacher in me. But becoming a writer helped me discover that I do have an imagination. I always did. I just didn’t know that it was there. Maybe because it was easier to depend on knowledge and logic.
According to QuizClub, Einstein believed that imagination played a bigger role than knowledge. If you wanted to be creative you had to have imagination. He also believed to learn, it had to be based on experiences.
Matching learning to experiences is HUGE in teaching. It’s easier for kids to learn something new, if they can connect it to something old. When I was younger, I didn’t believe that I was creative, or that I had a great imagination, except in books. When I was reading, I could imagine myself right there, living/experiencing the story.
The article also said that he wanted people to be more imaginative in developing and using ideas. Those ideas came the knowledge stored away in their head. Albert didn’t believe in accepting the status quo. He thought people should challenge, question, and push their knowledge to reach greater achievements.
I never thought of it this way, but I suppose that’s what I’ve always done, especially since I started writing. My ideas always start with an experience, whether it’s a story about a bat, or a safety drill. I look at the event/problem. As a teacher I taught problems/solutions. The hard part for me, working out the middle. That’s when I let my imagination roam. I never find the plot path right away. It takes editing and revising, over and over again before I can drive my story to that happy ending. Sometimes the ending even changes, and always for the better.
Part 3 – Finer Minds Think Imagination is More Important than Knowledge
1. Imagination Creates Knowledge
Finer Minds said that your experiences today come from yesterday’s thoughts.
I wanted to know more about imagination and knowledge so I searched the internet.
If you want to play soccer, you join a team and learn to play. It all starts with an idea, from your imagination.
2. Imagination Makes Life Interesting
Can you imagine life without movies, music or books? Finer Minds think it’d be dull. Me too!
I typed interesting into Pixabay, and this appeared. It’s Prague, Czech Republic.
What a gorgeous city!If you’re bored, you don’t sit and wait. You find something fun to do.
3. Imagination Births Innovation
Finer Minds said that inventions like cars, airplanes, and computers came from someone’s imagination.
I use Tile. I’m glad it came from someone’s imagination. It helps me find my phone when it’s lost.
How about you? When you have a problem, do you find a solution? I do! Necessity is the mother of invention!
4. Imagination Takes Us Places
Stuck at home? Finer Minds says things like books and movies can take you anywhere.
My favorite thing about them – I can do the impossible and visit the past. Dinosaurs and Wooly Mammoths, oh my!
Where would you like to go? Who would you like to meet? Find a book or movie, and off you go!
5. Imagination Gives Hope
Finer Minds says that imagination gives us hope. When things go wrong, reach for your ideas.
I had trouble writing part 3 of this post. I thought about what I really wanted to say, and the words finally came.
Some problems need more time than others. Some have to be talked about. Reach for solutions, and you’ll find them.
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!