Intuition

Unsourced variant:

The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you do not know how or why. All great discoveries are made in this way.

The earliest published version of this variant appears to be The Human Side of Scientists by Ralph Edward Oesper (1975), p. 58, but no source is provided, and the similarity to the “Life Magazine” quote above suggests it’s likely a misquote.

In response to statement “You once told me that progress is made only by intuition, and not by the accumulation of knowledge.”

It’s not as simple as that. Knowledge is necessary, too. An intuitive child couldn’t accomplish anything without some knowledge.

There will come a point in everyone’s life, however, where only intuition can make the leap ahead, without ever knowing precisely how. One can never know why, but one must accept intuition as a fact.

— Albert Einstein

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2018.04.24 Tuesday ACHK