There may be wisdom of the ages, but it's not something they hand out readily on street corners. Wisdom comes with age it seems, and those wise enough to pen wisdom quotes seem to understand this all too well. We are born with naivety, which helps us explore our world without bounds or preconception. But it is that exploration, the travails of making both good and ill-advised decisions, that brings us wisdom. When we are young, we tend to think that youth is an asset. As we age, we learn the folly of this, finding that wisdom tempered with a bit of wile can move mountains that previously were immoveable.
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Albert Einstein's interest in physics began when his father gave him a compass when he was five. His teachers believed he had little scholastic promise, so he dropped out of school at the age of 15. Attending the Federal Polytechnic Academy in Zurich, he excelled in mathematics and physics and went on to take a succession of short-lived teaching posts. When his wife became pregnant, he took a job in the patent office. It was in this job that he developed his groundbreaking work on relativity (E = mc2), Brownian motion and the photoelectric effect, the latter which won him the 1921 Nobe…
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