10 interesting Things About Albert Einstein
Who Was Albert Einstein?
Albert Einstein, the most widely used researchers of Twentieth century, completely changed scientific thought. To have created the Concept of Relativity, Einstein started the door for the development of nuclear bomb.
There is no more famous scientist: Albert Einstein, the genius of science par excellence. He revolutionized the world view within a single year, his “miracle year” 1905. He was single-minded, had only his science in mind – at the expense of his friends, wives and children. But that was only part of his personality.
60 years ago, on April 18, 1955, the most famous scientist of our time died. His famous formula “E = mc²” (energy is mass times the speed of light squared) opened the door to new dimensions.
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10 interesting Facts regarding Albert Einstein
- Einstein only learns to speak at the age of three, but plays the violin before he becomes an ABC shooter. When the highly gifted young man graduated from high school in Switzerland, his report card showed five sixes. His first biographer turns it into a fable about the bad student: he doesn’t know that the “6” is the highest grade in Switzerland.
- Einstein does not receive the Nobel Prize in 1922 for his famous theory of relativity, but only in general “for his services to theoretical physics, especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”.
- The Nazis hate him because he is Jewish. Goebbels has his works burned as “un-German literature”. On a list of Nazi assassinations, a bounty of 5000 Marks (approx. 17,000 Euro) is written behind Einstein’s name. A magazine puts him on a list of “enemies of the German nation” with the remark “not yet hanged”.
- After the first nuclear fission in 1938 by Otto Hahn, Einstein warns US President Roosevelt that Hitler is building a “new type of bomb”. Immediately, the USA earmarked millions for research, and in 1945 they themselves got the atomic bomb.
- Einstein is a pacifist, shows sympathy for communism, is therefore considered a security risk and is monitored by the FBI.
- Einstein is also a great inventor: he designs aircraft wings, improves the gyro compass, constructs the first refrigerator with non-toxic refrigerant.
- Einstein advocates disarmament, dreams of a world government, fights against animal cruelty, becomes a vegetarian and says about God: “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
- Einstein’s private life is chaotic: the disappearance of his little daughter remains unsolved to this day, his first marriage fails, two sons suffer from it their whole lives.
- Einstein never forgives the Germans for what they did to the Jews, never travels to his homeland again and even forbids his books to be published here. When he dies, there is only one nurse with him. She hears his last words, but cannot understand them: He speaks them in German.
- During the autopsy the pathologist Thomas Harvey steals Einstein’s brain and hides it in two jars. It is not until 1997 that he hands it over to Einstein’s granddaughter. Modern brain researchers found out: Einstein’s brain hemispheres were unusually strongly connected – a sign of outstanding intelligence. The forebrain was particularly pronounced – it controls the emotions. The temporal lobes indicate a great capacity for visuo-spatial abstraction – this is the birthplace of the theory of relativity.