Albert Einstein was one of the greatest scientists of all time. TV news anchor Dan Rather honored him with the title "Man of the 20th Century."
He was born March 14, 1879, in Germany. He didn't talk until has was four, and he didn't read until he was seven. Like with Thomas Edison, a teacher kicked Einstein out of school, because the teacher concluded that Einstein was stupid. The teacher's description was, "Mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in his foolish dreams." That teacher didn't know the ADD mind.
As a five year old boy, he was intriqued by a pocket compass, and he wondered why the needle always pointed in the same direction. Also during childhood, he concluded that there must be a hidden mysterious force.
He had his idiosyncrasies. At a mountain lake retreat in Germany, he often mused on how earth ticks (such as relativity). He didn't care what he looked like. His appearance trademark was uncombed curly white hair. He often wore sweaters with elbow holes. He was a lousy family man. He was married twice; however his second wife died. He was a loner, and he had a quiet personal life. He enjoyed classical music, and he played a violin. He had deep compassion for people who were politically or economically oppressed. He was a humble man who desired that there be no memorial markers for him. His former residence at 112 Mercer Street is just a typical Princeton, NJ, residence (today's residents there want their privacy).
He was deeply religious. With a name like Einstein, you might think he was Jewish -- but not really. He wasn't associated with any orthodox religion; although he possibly grew up Jewish. Some persons said that coming into Einstein's presence was a profoundly spiritual experience. He believed that some kind of higher power was behind the forces of this universe. The universe to him was one of absolute law and order.
Oh, but his contributions to science! He is most known for his theory of relativity, which he first advanced when he was only 26. Relativity revolutionized scientific thought. He treated matter and energy as exchangeable, instead of distinct. His famous equation (energy equals mass times speed of light squared) laid the groundwork for the development of nuclear energy. Another prime scientific contribution was that light could be thought of as tiny particles -- and that laid groundwork for quantum physics. Then photoelectric cells made sense. Although Einstein didn't invent photo cells, he was the first to explain why photo cells work. This also laid the groundwork for sound motion pictures and television and computer monitors. Some of his other work laid the groundwork for semiconductor electronics; however a team at Bell Laboratories (now a division of Lucent Technologies) invented the transistor.
Einstein had a tremendous miracle in his life. The miracle was that he was visiting Princeton University in New Jersey when Hitler came into power in 1933. The Nazi government in Germany deprived him of his property and positions -- because of his name Einstein. In Nazi Germany, he likely would eventually perish in a concentration camp. But in 1933 Einstein miraculously had already been invited to become a member of the staff of the newly created Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. He accepted the Princeton position for life. He never again set foot on German soil. In 1940, he became an American citizen. He lived in Princeton until his death in 1955.
Also well known about Einstein was that in 1939 he wrote a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt to warn him that Hitler was working on developing an atomic bomb. That led to the top secret Manhattan project in United States to develop the bomb. Fortunately Hitler never used it. However the war with Japan quickly ended after Hiroshima; although it is controversial as to whether the bomb should have been used. Immediately after Hiroshima, Einstein wished that the bomb had never been invented. After Hiroshima, Einstein advocated nuclear disarmament until his death in 1955. Perhaps the atomic bomb is misuse of Einstein's theory of relativity. For decades, neither the Soviet Union nor United States used the atomic bomb, because both knew the consequences.
Although Albert Einstein had his ADD idiosyncrasies, he certainly changed science and technology to result in some of today's conveniences. His nuclear energy contributions have awesomely changed the world.
SOME OF EINSTEIN'S QUOTATIONS
There are two ways to live your life. One is that nothing is a miracle. The other is though everything is a miracle. -Albert Einstein
God may be sophisticated, but He is not malicious. -Albert Einstein
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. -Albert Einstein
Everything is determined by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insects as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust- we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper. -Albert Einstein
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly. -Albert Einstein
Einstein once said this about Jesus (during an interview with Saturday Evening Post magazine):
"Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life."
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