Born in 1879, Albert Einstein is known today for his incredible
mathematical ability and… well, his wild hair. But more important than
the physical attributes of his cranium, is the fantastic information
which it provided. He will probably always be remembered as the
greatest mathematical genius of the modern world. Honors he has
received for his works include the Nobel Prize, which he was awarded
in 1921, the Royal Society Copley Medal, which he was awarded in 1925,
he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1921, and he became
an AMS Gibbs Lecturer in 1934. He also was a very vocal advocate
against nuclear weapons, and spoke out for international peace.
Fittingly, a letter asking that his name be put on a manifesto urging
all nations to give up their nuclear weapons, was the last he wrote
before his death in 1955.
Albert Einstein was born on March 14th, 1879, in Ulm,
Württembert, Germany, and six weeks later his family moved to Munich.
When he was very young, accounts given by his family say that he was
always one to think before action. While he was first talking, his
sister recalls that he would nearly always “pause before speaking, as
though pondering what he was going to say.” A story he enjoyed telling
about his youth was of the “wonder" he saw when he was four or five
years old: a magnetic compass. The needle's invariable northward
swing, guided by an invisible force, profoundly impressed the child.
The compass convinced him that there had to be "something behind
things, something deeply hidden." He was taught violin from the ages
six to thirteen, and had religious schooli...
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...eories, but if you consider the
technology we use today, and the mathematical engineering behind them,
you would realize that without those “nominal” contributions, many
inventions would never have come into being. Influence from his
research reaches as far away from the purely academic and theoretical
societies as health care. Without his new ideas about light and about
quantum of energy, lasers may not have been in existence yet, and
corrective eye surgery performed with them now would be unthinkably
risky done manually. His insistence and persistence at trying to
achieve a global peace, and nuclear disarmament have brought us far
along in rebuilding a cooperative global society since the Second
World War. Over all Albert Einstein was a positive force in
contributing to the knowledge and humanitarianism of the world.
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