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The Pinto Carver Essay Contest 2016

Years later, when his younger son, Eduard, asked
why he was so famous, Einstein replied by using
another simple thought experiment to describe
his insight that gravity was curving the fabric of
space-time.  “When a blind beetle crawls over the
surface of a curved branch, it doesn’t notice that the
track it has covered is indeed curved,” he said.  “I was
lucky enough to notice what the beetle didn’t notice.”
            Walter Isaacson, biographer of Einstein

The Topic: 

Write an essay in which you agree or disagree with Albert Einstein’s famous saying that “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  Needless to say, the more well developed your thoughts, the more specific your language, the better. 

Eligibility:  Current Liberal Arts Honors Freshmen and Sophomores.

Specifications: 750-1000 words, titled, double-spaced, and typed, with your name in the upper-right hand corner.  No cover page.



1st Prize: $1500

2nd Prize: $500

3rd Prize: $250

Submission Deadline:  Friday, January 22, 5:00 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Honors Office.  The judges reserve the right to withhold awards in the absence of prize worthy essays.  And in closing:  “Style, in its finest sense,” Alfred North Whitehead reminds us, “is the last acquirement of the educated mind; it is also the most useful.  It pervades the whole being.  The administrator with a sense for style hates waste; the engineer with a sense for style economizes his material; the artisan with a sense for style prefers good work.  Style is the ultimate morality of mind.”