Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). Einstein’s work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. Einstein is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”).

Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany into a Hebrew family. Although today he is considered one of the smartest people who ever lived on this planet, in his childhood Einstein did not seem too intelligent as a child. He began to speak only from the age of 3 and his parents believedthat he was retarded. Although he started talking so late, little Einstein often spoke fluently and used the vocabulary of an adult.

As a young child, Einstein used to analyze in small details any idea, information or phenomenon that he would encounter in his readings. This capability along with the self-taught talent enabled him to learn a lot about the laws of the world in which he lived. It is believed that his passion for physics was born when his father gave him a compass. Little Albert became curious about the force that guided the needle of the compass.At the age of 6 years old, at the insistence of his mother, little Albert took violin lessons. Einstein proved to havea real talent for the violin and he would continue playing it for the rest of his life.

At the age of 11 years old, Albert enrolled in an elite secondary school in München. This school was based on a military model, specific to all schools in Germanyat that time. Discipline was strict and the teachers were very authoritarian. Einstein could not adapt to this environment and the courses were very boring for him. At school, teachers considered him a problematic child since he was not able to adapt to the education system and was not interested in the courses. Einstein was a loner and had an introvert nature, being avoided by his colleagues.Although he didn’t had good grades in high school, Einstein was a self-taught person since childhood. From an early age, he began to study physics and mathematics. At 12 years old, Einstein knew the whole Euclidean geometry.

In 1896, Einstein registered at the Polytechnic University of Zürich. This was one of the most prestigious institutions of the time and had some of the best equipped laboratories. But Einstein’s disappointment was great when he saw that the teachers taught according to the old principles of physics, unaware of the new findings.

Although the theory of relativity was published in numerous scientific journals, this was not taken into account by the scientific community, but Einstein received a letter from Max Planck in which he expressed his interest in the theory.

In 1932, due to the ascent to power of the Nazis, being a Jewish person, Einstein was forced to leave Germany and head towards the US, where he was appointed professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

The rest of his life is divided between politics and science. Einstein was a global supporter of disarmament and the emancipation of peoples. One of his last wishes of his last part of life was to prove the unified theory of fields. Einstein hoped to unify the theory of relativity with that of quantum mechanics, to create a theory that could describe the universe.Einstein died in 1955, following a heart attack caused by an untreated disease of blood vessels. A hospital doctor in Princeton extracted his brain, without the consent of his family, in the hope that people will discover what made Einstein so smart.

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