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Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879, and was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, now considered one of the two pillars of modern physics. Of course, he is most known for his mass-energy equivalence formula (E = mc2).

There’s a famous quote by Einstein you’ve likely heard:

Everything in Life is Vibration. – Albert Einstein

There’s another physicist with a similar opinion of the world by the name of Nikola Tesla. Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in modern-day Croatia. He was a Serbian American inventor, electrical and mechanical engineer, physicist and futurist most known for the design of the modern alternating current or AC electric supply system.

He said that:

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. – Nikola Tesla

The interesting part is that Tesla would likely disapprove of this juxtaposition. He was critical of Einstein’s theory of relativity, and has even been quoted as saying:

I hold that space cannot be curved, for the simple reason that it can have no properties. It might as well be said that God has properties. He has not, but only attributes and these are of our own making. Of properties we can only speak when dealing with matter filling the space. To say that in the presence of large bodies space becomes curved is equivalent to stating that something can act upon nothing. I, for one, refuse to subscribe to such a view. – Nikola Tesla

Tesla claimed that he had developed his own physical principle regarding matter and energy. When he was 81, he noted in a letter that he had actually completed a “dynamic theory of gravity” that would once and for all put an end to idle speculation about curved space. Though he also noted that he had worked out all the details, his theory was never found in his writings. That remains an unsolved mystery – unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing what Tesla’s theory was or if he indeed had one.

So despite the fact that both Einstein and Tesla were physicists, their disagreements force us to conclude that their views on vibration didn’t just come from the studies and disciplines they were engaged in.