Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Genius "Albert Einstein"

I have to talk about this famous German man.
"Albert Einstein".  He is a legend and someone that deserves to be talk about. I remember him from when I was in high school; but, I had to do a lot of research to give you the right information about him.

Albert Einstein is one of the most famous scientist who ever lived! He was a theoretical physicist and mathematician, and a genius in both. Most of us have heard of one of his better known achievements - mass-energy equivalence equation: E = mc2.

However, Einstein's achievements go well beyond E = mc2.  For example he developed the theory of relativity and he won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for his work on the photoelectric effect. He also won the prizes at Copley Medal, Franklin Medal, Max Planck Medal, Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, Matteucci Medal.

His contributions amounted to a radical change in the view of our world and universe. Before Einstein, the beliefs in the scientific community assumed that Newtons "laws" of gravity were a given and that time was a constant, perceived by everyone the same way regardless of where they were. Einstein extended the theories of Galileo, who proposed that motion was relative, to account for the constant speed of light and in the processed  turned these assumption on their head with his theory of special relativity - velocity impacts mass and time - specifically when objects approach the speed of light.

Some say that Einstein was the father of the atomic bomb but that is not true, he did not participate directly in the invention of the atomic bomb- but was instrumental in facilitating its development. Fermi, an Italian and Oppenheimer have that distinction., Einstein extended the Special Relativity to create a General Theory of Relativity to account for gravity as we know it.

Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879, in Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg, Germany. At 22 years old, while studying in Switzerland he renounced his German citizenship and became a Swiss citizen. He continued to study at the Swiss Federal institute and the University of Zurich where he got his PHD in 1905.
He married Mileva Maric in 1903 and they had a daughter and two sons; their marriage was dissolved in 1919 and in the same year he married his cousin, Elsa Löwenthal, who died in 1936. 

A devoted Pacifist, Einstein fled Europe in 1933 to escape the Nazi's and became a US citizen in 1940. Einstein died on April 18, 1955 (aged 76), in Princeton, New Jersey, US.

I also I have to tell you that Einstein was a extremely grateful person, he used to say thank you for everything and everyone on his life, 100 times a day and that is pretty amazing!

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