Albert Einstein the Kindstein

By: Nate Michaud

Albert Was Born

He was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, W├╝rttemberg, Germany. When he went to elementary school, he was an "average" student and already interested in science and mathematics.  He dropped out of school at age 15 without a diploma and moved to Milan, Italy with his family.  For his explanation of the photoelectic effect, he won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1921. He died on April 18, 1955.  In 1896 he entered the Swiss Federal Polytechnis school in Zurich where he earned his diploma in 1901 and he acquired Swiss citizenship. As he was unable to find a teaching post, he accepted a position as technical assistant in the Swiss Patent Office, then later got his doctorate digree. 

While employed at the patent office, Einstein developed several formulas or theories in his leisure time.  He published 4 important papers in 1905, explaining the following:

  • He explained that light energy came in chuncks or quanta, now called 'photons'. This explanation changed the way researchers thought about the nature of light.
  • He discussed the Brownian motion that helped in proving the existence of molecules.
  • He also gave forth explanation regarding the dynamics of individual moving bodies.
  • And last, but not the least, he explained the nature of space and time.

Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/accomplishments-of-albert-einstein.html

The Theory of Relativity

The theory of relativity is about time and space and is Einstein's most famous theory. It is based on two principles. One is that if you have two objects, and nothing else. It's impossible to tell which object is moving. The second principle is that the speed of light is the same for all observers. The closer that a spaceship approaches the speed of light, the slower the time inside the ship will flow and the spaceship will have more mass.

Einstein's Later Years

Einstein's energy theory was the basis for the atomic bomb, although he refused to work directly on the project. He later became a pacifist, spoke publicly against war and was active in the Civil Rights Movement. He died in 1955 of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

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