Born March 14, 1879, Albert grew up in Munich, Germany, Albert Einstein wasn’t the kind of boy other children noticed. For one thing, he was very quite. For another, he didn’t like sports. What Albert loved to do was thinking and read. School should have been lots of fun for a boy like Albert.
But it wasn’t. Albert’s parents sent him and his younger sister, Maja to a German school. Albert did not like school, though. He thought the teachers were too strict. They always wanted the children to remember a lot of facts. Albert had trouble memorizing words. He felt more comfortable with numbers and ideas.
He once said “Imagination is more important than Knowledge.” He did not do well on tests; either he got good grades only in his favorite subjects – math and science. Albert knew so much about these subjects that sometimes his teachers did not know the answers to his questions.
He studied math and science outside of school, too.
After graduation he was accepted into the Polytechnic School, a famous science college in Zurich, Switzerland. He had decided to become a science teacher.
Albert Einstein has been called the greatest scientist of all time. When people speak of “genius” they point to him as the standard. Einstein gave the world new ways of thinking about space, time, motion and energy. His discoveries opened the door to the development of television, lasers, transistors, computer chips, nuclear power, and space exploration.
Einstein began his work in the early years of the 1900s. The turn of the century was an exciting time for the budding scientist. Until this time, the field of physics revolved around laws set down by Sir Isaac Newton in the 1600s. Newtonian physics had held up to experiments for more than two centuries. His idea explained why and how material objects behaved. Einstein is best known for his special theory of relativity.
It’s the notion that space and time are not firm, fixed and unchanging but relative – swelling and shrinking with one’s point of view. His most popular idea, however is his famous equation E = MC2. This equation means that energy equals mass times the speed of light squared. (Dana, 2003)
Einstein was a man of peace, he used his fame to further the causes he believed in. he was a leader amount the world’s scientists who were committed to peace. Once the atomic bomb arrived, he campaigned for the peaceful use of atomic power.
Einstein was a German Jews, and he was horrified at the treatment of European Jews by Nazi Germany. He joined the Zionist movement to create a Jewish homeland and tirelessly raised money for the cause. Eventually, like many other Jewish scientists of the time, he renounced his German citizenship and decided to leave Europe. In the United States, he continued his crusade for peace, justice and human rights.
For all his brilliance and fame, Einstein remained meek, mild-mannered, and brimming with childlike wonder. “There are only two ways to like your life,” he said. “One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” (Dana, 2003) Einstein spent many hours on his sickbed, the cause of his death was natural hear failure, He died in 18th April 1955 Princeton, New Jersey.
Dana Meachen Rau, (2003) – Albert Einstein pg 25