Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Who was Albert Einstein - Random Wednesday

Hello all! :) I hope all my readers are doing just great! :D

It's Wednesday, or rather Random Wednesday at my blog. I wanted continue the "Who" or "What" regime! LOL! :D So today we are going to talk about Albert Einstein, a scientist, perhaps the best that ever was!

Albert Einstein
(14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955)

He was a German theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded as the father of modern physics. Einstein is generally considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century. While best known for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation"), he received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect". The latter was pivotal in establishing quantum theory within physics.

To be honest, I have studied the above stated theories of him during school and college life but still I cannot say that I studied them because they are so big that only a general introduction one may say was the one I know about. The deep details and intricacies are understood by those big scientists across the globe, maybe not even by them completely! Oh that reminds me, there was that large hadron collider project going on, and they say that the scientists have almost found the god particle. Hmm, let's see.

Near the beginning of his career, Einstein thought that Newtonian mechanics was no longer enough to reconcile the laws of classical mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field. This led to the development of his special theory of relativity. One can simply agree to that even if they studied Physics at school properly! :P He realized, however, that the principle of relativity could also be extended to gravitational fields, and with his subsequent theory of gravitation in 1916, he published a paper on the general theory of relativity. He continued to deal with problems of statistical mechanics and quantum theory, which led to his explanations of particle theory and the motion of molecules. He also investigated the thermal properties of light which laid the foundation of the photon theory of light. In 1917, Einstein applied the general theory of relativity to model the structure of the universe as a whole. I remember when I was studying this topic, my teacher told me that the black holes have such a strong gravitational field that they don't let even the light to pass through! That's amazing, isn't it?! :D

In his early days in Berlin, Einstein postulated that the correct interpretation of the special theory of relativity must also furnish a theory of gravitation and in 1916 he published his paper on the general theory of relativity. During this time he also contributed to the problems of the theory of radiation and statistical mechanics.

In the 1920's, Einstein embarked on the construction of unified field theories, although he continued to work on the probabilistic interpretation of quantum theory, and he persevered with this work in America. He contributed to statistical mechanics by his development of the quantum theory of a monatomic gas and he has also accomplished valuable work in connection with atomic transition probabilities and relativistic cosmology.

He was visiting the United States when Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, and did not go back to Germany, where he had been a professor at the Berlin Academy of Sciences. He settled in the U.S., becoming a citizen in 1940. On the eve of World War II, he helped alert President Franklin D. Roosevelt that Germany might be developing an atomic weapon, and recommended that the U.S. begin similar research; this eventually led to what would become the Manhattan Project. Einstein was in support of defending the Allied forces, but largely denounced using the new discovery of nuclear fission as a weapon. Later, together with Bertrand Russell, Einstein signed the Russell–Einstein Manifesto, which highlighted the danger of nuclear weapons. Einstein was affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, until his death in 1955.

Einstein published more than 300 scientific papers along with over 150 non-scientific works. His great intelligence and originality have made the word "Einstein" synonymous with genius.

I hope you all like the post and like always, your comment and suggestions are welcomed. A major part of this post is taken from the Wikipedia article about Albert Einstein. Good Day friends! :)


  1. Alrbert Einstein memang manusia hebat, banyak memberi manfaat pada manusia utk teknologie
    trima kasih


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