Saturday, September 03, 2005
In search of Truth - Musings of genius
This is something I always wanted to post. Rabindranath Tagore and Albert Einstein met twice in Caputh near Berlin in 1930 for a little tete-a-tete. The conversations between these 2 geniuses are fascinating. At times my limited mental faculties find it hard to comprehend the profundity of the exchange. However, it still makes for interesting reading. On one occasion they spoke of the different music styles in Asia and Europe, and in the second, they try to 'plumb the Truth' and is easily the more intellectual of the two meetings. You can read the whole conversation here.
Just a quote,
TAGORE: When our universe is in harmony with man, the eternal, we know it as truth, we feel it as beauty.
EINSTEIN: But this is a purely human conception of the universe, don't you think?
The great poet also had a very interesting conversation with the greatest science fiction writer of our time, HG Wells. They dicuss social and literary issues relevant to India. HG Wells actually suprises with his thorough knowledge of India and the state of affairs in then British colony. Read the whole conversation here. Geneva 1930. Fascinating.