Friday, November 20, 2015
First Installment: Albert Einstein - Nicholas Bilavarn (#11)
On March 14, 1879 a genius was born that went by the name of Albert Einstein. He was born in Germany, son of Hermann Einstein, a salesman and engineer, and Pauline Koch. In 1880, his family moved to Munich, where his father and his uncle founded Elektrotechnische Fabrik J. Einstein & Cie that manufactured electrical equipment based on direct current. He later moved to Italy because his father’s company had failed. In 1903 he married his first wife, Marić. It has been said that they had a daughter together by the name of “Lieserl”. The couple later on had two sons, Hans Albert Einstein and Eduard. In 1919 the couple divorced and Einstein later on went to marry Elsa Löwenthal on 2 June 1919. Famous for his Theory of Relativity and the formula “E = mc 2,” he also had many other accomplishments in which were influenced by the philosophy of science. In 1921 he received Noble Prize in physics for his "services to theoretical physics", especially his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect, a turning point in the evolution of quantum theory. On his visit to the United States in 1933, he decided to stay due to Hitler in control on Germany at the time. He was a supporter of the civil rights and was also known for assisting Zionist causes. His love for music greatly impacted his life in which influenced him to discover and play the violin. Einstein’s work is widely used throughout popular culture. Einstein’s name and image are instantly recognizable everywhere in the world.