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Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany. Further to this, his
parents initially believed him to be somewhat backward as he was late in starting
to talk. Einstein was noted for saying that he waited until he could speak in
complete sentences before he would say a word. He entered school at the age of
six and to his parents surprise, he did very well. Albert did not mix well with other
students, often preferring to play his own private games or reading books; he
never liked school. At the age of 12 he was given a book on geometry, from that
point on he taught himself anything he wanted to learn.
"In 1905 Einstein received his doctorate from the University of Zurich for a
theoretical dissertation on the Dimensions of Molecules, and he also published
three theoretical papers important to the development of 20th century physics."
The first of these, on Brownian Motion, made significant predictions about the
motion of particles that are randomly distributed in a fluid. This theory was later
proven by experiment. The second paper, on the Photoelectric Effect, presented
a hypothesis on the Nature of light. He not only proposed that under certain
circumstances light can be considered as consisting of particles, but also stated
that the energy carried by a photon is proportional to the frequency of the
radiation. No one accepted this theory, even Robert Millikan was overwhelmed
when Einstein prove this theory to be correct.
"In 1915 Einstein published his third paper on the General theory of Relativity, his
In this theory Einstein made his statement on equivalence, in which it\'s impossible
to distinguish between whether the force acting on a body is caused by the body
accelerating or whether it\'s gravity. For example, if you were weightless inside a
lift in outer space and you then feel a force pulling your feet to the floor you
can\'t distinguish whether the lift is accelerating upwards, or whether there is a
large volume of matter below causing the attraction.
"The General Theory of Relativity describes gravity as being the result of a
four-dimensional continuum (space-time) and that matter produces curves in this
space-time with the measure of the curvature being a measure of the strength of
gravity. In this perspective, bodies of matter follow the path of ‘shortest distance
or least resistance\' and hence in the case of curved space-time around a star a
planetary body would follow a ‘circular/elliptical\' orbit. Einstein\'s theory was able
to explain anomalies in the Mercury\'s orbit which had eluded explanation from
Newton\'s Laws." (The Riddle of Gravitation pg. 98) This theory is what allowed
space engineers to predict where and what space along with gravity would be
doing to the movement of objects.
"In 1920 Einstein\'s theory was put to the test by measuring whether, during a
solar eclipse, stars that were very close to the line of sight of the sun would
appear to shift in position. Not only did the stars shift in position, they moved by
the amount that Einstein had predicted. Einstein became a legend
Einstein won the noble prize for physics in 1921, though he did not
win it for his now proclaimed Theory of Relativity, but for his much
earlier work on the Photon Nature of Light.
"In 1932 Einstein left Germany due to the Nazi\'s forcing him to work
for them or to be kicked out of Germany. He relinquished his German
citizenship and moved to America in 1933 and took up a post at the
Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton, New Jersey. He
eventually became an American
I believe that Albert Einstein\'s Theory of Relativity contributed so
much to man, that it is one of the most prized theories ever. What
this theory did for us was it allowed us to travel into space and
eventually land on the moon. The reason it allowed us to do that
was it let engineers to accurately predict where the object would be
in space at certain points of time. It was Einstein\'s theory that got
man into pace in the first place, making him very important in the role
of both past, present, and future sciences. Einstein\'s efforts in
behalf of Social causes have sometimes been viewed as unrealistic.
In fact, his proposals were always carefully thought out. Like his
scientific theories, they were motivated by sound intuition based on
careful assessment of evidence and observation. He died in a local
Princeton hospital at 1:15am on April 15, 1955.
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Physics, Academia, Albert Einstein, Acceleration, Stateless people, General relativity, Gravity, Photon, Relativity priority dispute, Equivalence principle
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