It’s kind of disheartening when you delve deep enough into physics to come to the conclusion that free will can only be an illusion. We think we have a choice: we feel conflicted when we choose where to live, what to eat, or which pair of socks to put on of a morning. But much like the flow of time, which seems to be so undeniably real and linear but is not, our free will may be nothing more than an illusion.
One of my favourite things about Einstein is how I believe he saw God: the one all-encompassing force that governed the universe, which can best be explained through the language of science and mathematics. What could be more beautiful than the science and mathematics of everything? And what is God if not beauty? Through unifying the forces of the universe Einstein could see perhaps not God himself, but certainly experience God’s handiwork.