A Stubbornly Persistant Illusion

Shortly after the passing of his lifelong friend Michelle Besso, and less than a month before his own death, Albert Einstein famously wrote the following in a letter of condolence to the Besso family:

Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That signifies nothing. For those of us who believe in physics, the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion (Letter of 21 March 1955 Einstein Archives 7-245).

 

 

Groom, A. (2013). Introduction:We’re five hundred years before the man we just robbed was born. In A. Groom (Ed.), Time: Documents of contemporary art (pp 12- 25).Cambridge MA: MIT Press

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