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Albert Einstien



Of all the scientists to emerge from the twentieth centuries there is one whose name is
known by almost all living people. While most of these do not understand this man’s work,
everyone knows that its impact on the world of science is astonishing. Yes, many have
heard of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, but few know about the intriguing
life that led this scientist to discover what some have called, “The greatest single
achievement of human thought.” Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany on March 14, 1879. Before
his first birthday, his family had moved to Munich where Albert’s father, Hermann
Einstein, and uncle set up a small electro-chemical business. He was fortunate to have an
excellent family with which he held a strong relationship. Albert’s mother, Pauline
Einstein, had an intense passion for music and literature, and it was she that first
introduced her son to the violin in which he found much joy and relaxation. Also, he was
very close with his younger sister, Maja, and they could often be found in the lakes that
were scattered about the countryside near Munich. As a child, Einstein’s sense of
curiosity had already begun to stir. A favorite toy if his was his father’s compass and he
often marveled at his uncle’s explanations of algebra. Although young Albert was intrigued
by certain mysteries of science, he was considered a slow learner. His failure to become
fluent in German until the age of nine even led some teachers to believe he was disabled.
Einstein’s post-basic education began at the Luitpold Gymnasium when he was ten. It was
here that he first encountered the German spirit through the school’s strict disciplinary
policy. His disapproval of this method of teaching led to his reputation as a rebel. It
was probably these differences that caused Einstein to search for knowledge at home. He
began not with science, but with religion. He avidly studied the Bible seeking truth, but
this religious fervor soon died down when he discovered the intrigue of science and math.
To him, these seemed much more realistic than ancient stories. With this new knowledge he
disliked class even more, and was eventually expelled from Luitpold Gymnasium, being
considered a disruptive influence. Feeling that he could no longer deal with the German
mentality, Einstein moved to Switzerland where he continued his education. At sixteen he
attempted to enroll at the Federal Institute of Technology, but failed the entrance exam.
This forced him to study locally for one year until he finally passed the school’s
evaluation. The Institute allowed Einstein to meet many other students that shared his
curiosity, and it was here that his studies turned mainly to Physics. He quickly learned
that while physicists had generally agreed on major principles in the past, there were
modern scientists who were attempting to disprove outdated theories. Since most of
Einstein’s teachers ignored these new ideas, he was again forced to explore on his own. In
1900 he graduated from the Institute and then achieved citizenship to Switzerland.
Einstein became a clerk at the Swiss Patent Office in 1902. This job had little to do with
physics, but he was able to satiate his curiosity by figuring out how new inventions
worked. The most important part of Einstein’s occupation was that it allowed him enough
time to pursue his own line of research. As his ideas began to develop, he published them
in specialist journals. Though he was still unknown to the scientific world, he began to
attract a large circle of friends and admirers. A group of students that he tutored
quickly transformed into a social club that shared a love of nature, music, and of course,
science. In 1903, he married Mileva Maric, a mathematician friend. In 1905, Einstein
published five separate papers in a journal, the Annals of Physics. The first was
immediately acknowledged, and the University of Zurich awarded Einstein an additional
degree. The other papers helped to develop modern physics and earned him the reputation of
an artist. Many scientists have said that Einstein’s work contained an imaginative spirit
that was seen in most poetry. His work at this time dealt with molecules, and how their
motion affected temperature, but he is most well known for his Special Theory of
Relativity, which tackled motion and the speed of light. By far, the biggest year of
Einstein’s life was 1905. It is called his “Miracle Year.” Perhaps the most important part
of his discoveries was the equation E=mc2 (Energy equals mass times the velocity of light
squared). After publishing these theories, Einstein was promoted at his office. He
remained at the Patents Office for another two years, but his name was becoming too big
among the scientific community. In 1908, Einstein began teaching part time at the
University of Berne, and the following year, at the age of thirty, he became employed full
time by the University of Zurich. Einstein was now able to move to Prague with his wife
and two sons, Hans Albert and Eduard. Finally, after being promoted to a professor,
Einstein and his family were able to enjoy a good standard of living, but the job’s main
advantage was that it allowed Einstein to have access to an enormous library. It was here
that he extended his theory and discussed it with the leading scientists of Europe. In
1912, he chose to accept a job placing him in high authority at the Federal Institute of
Technology, where he had originally studied. It was not until 1914 that Einstein was
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