Simplicity And Truth: Albert Einstein Essay

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Albert Einstein was born March 14,1879 in Ulm, Germany.He is considered to be one of the greatest theoretical physicists of all time. He is best known as the creator of the special and general theories of relativity. He contributed much to the kinetic theory of matter and the theory of specific heats and played a major role in the Manhattan Project. At age ten, Einstein set into a program of self education and read as much as he could about science. His uncle recognized his mathematical talent and introduced him to algebra and geometry. Albert found pleasure in solving challenging algebraic and geometric problems. He was not a very good student in school. He often skipped class, which caused him to fail. In 1895, Albert attempted to skip high school by taking an entrance exam to the Swiss Polytechnic University, but he failed the arts portion. He then decided to go back to high school and he graduated in 1896 at age seventeen. Six years later, Einstein fell ...view middle of the document...

One of the predictions of this theory concerned the bending of light rays from a distant star if they passed close to the sun on their way to the earth. His prediction was tested at the solar eclipse on May 1919. He gained world fame in November of that year because his prediction had been confirmed. In 1921 Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for his early work on his general theory of relativity. Now a famous living Jew, he was a prime target for the Nazis. In 1933 Einstein sailed to the United States, and in 1941 he was granted United States citizenship. In July of 1939 he wrote a letter to President Roosevelt expressing his concern over the Nazis building an atomic bomb. In this letter he also urged the president to begin a nuclear research committee, and thus the Manhattan Project was born.Albert Einstein played a major role in the development of the atomic bomb. He threw in a couple equations and helped with the outline and construction of the bomb itself.Einstein always had weary feelings about this undercover project. He did not like the whole idea of being a part of war. "It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder." As the devastating effects of the dropping of the atomic bomb hit the news across the nation, Albert Einstein felt nothing but regret and remorse for what he had helped to accomplish. Many times he affirmed that it was the worse mistake he made in his life. In 1955, on April 16, Einstein died of heart failure.A kind man, once noted for his incredible humor and great love of simplicity and truth he once stated, " The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty and truth." He was the scientist whose beliefs and ideals encouraged others to use their imaginations. His work on the theory of relativity allowed space travel to continue advancing year after year. Because of Einstein's work, more theories have been created and are continuously becoming more accurate then ever. Einstein was a man of great intelligence but more important he was a scientist who valued imagination and curiosity. He once said to a college student, "Never lose your curiosity." Albert Einstein never lost his.

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