More about Albert Einstein
March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany
April 18, 1955 at the age of 76, in New Jersey.
Both of Einstein's parents were Jewish, however they did practice their religion very actively. Einstein became skeptical of his religion early in his life. He never again followed any organized religion, however he did have a belief that there was some kind of greater being, and he made reference to this on occasion, "Science without religion is lame, Religion without Science is blind".
Hermann Einstein. Einstein's father started as a featherbed salesman in Ulm, but moved to Munich to start an electrical engineering business. The business failed in 1884 so he took the family to Milan in Italy.
Pauline Einstein. Pauline had a great love for music and was a talented musician herself. She taught Einstein to play piano and violin.
Albert Einstein's first formal education began at a catholic elementary school
in Munich. This was strange as his parents were both Jewish, however they were more
concerned with school's academics. Einstein was a good student, but he did not like the
strict structure of the school.
Einstein was then accepted to another prestigious institution in Munich at the
age of ten. However Einstein did not care for the education that he received at this
school as there was more of an emphasis on the study of Latin and Greek. Einstein's
father moved the family to Milan in 1884 and had planned to leave a young Albert in a
boarding house in Munich. However, not wanting to stay at the school, Albert got a fake
doctor's note and moved to Italy with his family.
In the summer of 1895, Einstein began preparation for an entrance exam he would
soon take in hopes of being admitted to Federal Swiss Polytechnic which was located in
Zurich, Switzerland. He was hoping to study electrical engineering; however he failed
the entrance exam. The head of the school suggested he take a year off and prepare for
the exam again the following year. He did so, passed his exam, and then spent the next
4 years earning his degree as a high school teacher of physics and math.
Einstein then took a job at a patent office in Bern, Switzerland from 1902-1909.
While working there he began writing papers in theoretical physics. He obtained his Ph.D.
In 1905 after he had submitted one of his papers to the University of Zurich. He then was
taken on as a part time lecturer in Bern in 1908, and soon after received a full time
position at the University of Zurich in 1909.
The Nobel Prize:
Einstein won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 for his work on the Photoelectric effect.
- Einstein was offered the position of President of Israel in 1952. He declined as he was old and sick.
- Einstein was a very strong pacifist until the rise of the Nazi's in Europe, when Einstein began to realize that pacifism would not stop Hitler. He wrote a letter in 1939 to Roosevelt (the President of the United States at the time) encouraged the president to begin moving forward in developing the atomic bomb. Einstein did this out of fear that the Nazi's may be developing the same type of technology.
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love."
"I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice."
"Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."
"Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds."
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."
"If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut."
"Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater."
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."
"Einstein Quotes" http://rescomp.stanford.edu/~cheshire/EinsteinQuotes.html
"Einstein Image and Impact" http://www.aip.org/history/einstein/
"Albert Einstein" http://www.sparknotes.com/biography/einstein/section4.rhtml