Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.
German-born theoretical physicist. Developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). Was a big influence in the philosophy of science. Best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence formula
E = mc2. Received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect, a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory.