What Einstein’s Final Hours Teach Us About God

The theory the great scientist was working on that day long ago sheds light on a far larger issue

For Albert Einstein, “The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.”

The day before he died in Princeton Hospital in New Jersey in 1955, he spent hours speculating about a “unified field theory,” a project he had begun in the 1920s. Roughly put, it is a “theory of everything” that melds general relativity and quantum field theory to explain all the physical aspects of the universe.

John Archibald Wheeler of Johns Hopkins — a close associate of Einstein’s who often conducted seminars at Einstein’s house at 112 Mercer Street in Princeton — said shortly before his own death in 2008 that if such a theory were discovered, the most astonishing thing about it would be its simplicity.

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