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Albert Einstein is not famous just for riding his bike

Albert Einstein is not famous just for riding his bike

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) is acclaimed as one of the greatest and smartest scientists of all time. Einstein is famous for a number of reasons including two theories of relativity, and The Nobel Prize in Physics (1921), but perhaps his most well known accomplishment is a very simple mathematical equation: e=mc^2. This is probably the most famous math equation ever written (except maybe 2+2=4); it is extremely simple to understand, yet the implications of it led directly to the atomic bomb and nuclear power.

Mathematical Equation (Theory of Relativity) E = mc²

The equation is actually energy = mass times the speed of light (c) squared. Since the speed of light is constant, and an extremely large number, this implies that a *vast* amount of energy can be created from very very little matter. In other words, you could power New York City for months from a gallon of water.

Theory of Relativity

Einstein’s paper “The Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies,” explaining wehat became known as the Special Theory of Relativity” was published in 1905. It reconciles the laws of electricity and magnetism with the laws of mechanics, by introducing major changes to mechanics close to the speed of light.

Albert Einstein Nobel Prize 1921

The official Albert Einstein potrait after being awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921

The Nobel Prize in Physics

In 1921 Albert Einstein was awarded The Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”. But Einstein actually received his Nobel Prize one year later in 1922. The delay as a result by a decision of Nobel Committee for Physics.

Wormholes

In collaboration with others Einstein developed the model of wormholes. A wormhole is a hypothetical topological feature of spacetime that would be basically a shortcut through spacetime. Just like the Hyperspace button on the old arcade 1980’s video game of Asteroids. Where at a press of a button you could instanly disappear and be moved to another part of the screen, hopefully out of the way of any asteroids floating by. Hyperspace saved my you-know-what many a time! Many times we would wish that Einstein’s wormhole could just take us out of a sticky situation and place us somewhere else much more pleasant. Like when you get could locked outside your house or apratment in your underwear, or about to get tackled in a sports game by a large opponent.




Einstein Quotes

In addition to this equation, Albert Einstein also has a few well known quotes attributed to him.

“Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.”
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidty, and I’m not sure about the universe.”
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”

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 Posted on : September 29, 2009 - Last updated on Mar 7, 2014
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  1. I’m not a science nut, but i am an Einstein fan. Thanks for the post. Didnt know there were TWO theories of relativity?

    Here are three of my all time favorite Einstein quotes…http://bizsetup.wordpress.com/2009/10/02/albert-einstein-once-said/

  2. The reason why he’s famous is much more contributed to the media and political reasons. Back then, the need to counter measuring Nazi and Communists strongly backed a scientist role model for the *western* society, and they chose Einstein becoz, 1st, he’s Jewish, 2. a noble prize winner, 3. an Nazi annex.

    Certainly, he’s genius. But there are way a lot more geniuses and made much more great discoveries than his. But why ain’t they famous? first of all, lots of them worked for Nazi germany, eg. Heisenberg. No one gives a damn about someone who’s affiliated with Nazi so closely, despite IMHO Heisenberg is way more smarter than Einstein.

    Some claim it’s due to his discovery.. which isn’t entirely true. His discovery was great, but the attention he received is beyond he deserved. Myself being a PHD in Physics can tell you that there are way more advanced theories developed by much smarter physicists yet they were dead without much publicity.

    I can certainly give an analogy in computer science field, that Turing receives much more attention than Stephen Cook, despite the later gave the answer to the most difficult mathematical question of the century an answer while the former received all sorts of attention due to 2 main reasons: 1st, he invented 1st computer, 2ndly, that computer was used to decipher Nazi german’s code and help UK won the war.

    This is why I certainly don’t like media very much, they speak of half truth, or distorted reality.

    1. interesting, i didn’t know that info.

  3. this is so cool.

  4. Hello, my name is Gregory and I love science and mathematics. I just wanted to insist that my kitty died today:((( RIP

  5. hello i love science

  6. Hi my name is Fonda, according to my calculations the theory of e=mc^2 is not true because the square of a letter not a number is not possible to do because of the mathmeticions theary of “shai” shai is the way o calculating things.
    My fish died today:(

    1. Cici busalatchi says :

      It’s called a variable I’m in 6th grade and doing a report on Albert Einstein and you have to replace the letters with numbers. How old are you or are you just really that stupid because I’m in 6th grade, make an A+ in science and I know that.

    2. shut up! so you are saying Albert Einstein as wrong no you are!! so STFU

    3. you are wrong fonda

    4. I don’t think he would appreciate some random person just coming along and trying to correct him. Especially if that person were wrong. You obviously want attention and what does your fish have to do with Einstein???
      Sincerely,
      Mr. Red Frisbee
      Founder of http://www.crazystupidnames.org/wtf?/

    5. Sorry to hear about your fish Fonda :(

    6. UR WRONG HE IS RIGHT!!!! :@

    7. Haha Fonda. Einstein’s formula is in algerbra. Letters are part of algebra as they subsitute numbers. So Einstein stands corrected. :)

  7. bobby joe guy says :

    ENISTEINS RIGHT BYS BE QUIET

  8. WTF ARE U TALKING ABOUT

  9. Hi. I am doing a report on Einstein and any information would be very helpful. Thank you!

  10. i doing a report on albert and i found this very helpful

  11. anyone know about Tesla?

    1. If you’re referring to the Serbian-American Nikola Tesla who was an inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist then yes. Famous for his work in the design of alternating current (AC).Tesla is also known for his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments in New York and Colorado Springs. I’m also intrigued by some of his other alleged power generation inventions including porioducing electricity from cosmic rays.
      Thanks for your question. I will get a page up about some of his more interesting work soon. Would you like that?

  12. what did einstein invent?

  13. I am doing research on Albert Einstein for a project this site has helped me a lot <3 <3 :) :)

    1. Thanks Isis.
      Come back as I’m updating some more great information about Albert Einstein to these sections soon. In particular his other amazing inventions and projects.
      Good luck with your Einstein project.

  14. Hi, I realy liked your site but Einstein’s theory isn’t true anymore. He said that light was the fastest. Now they’ve found something faster than light, and update your site for more information please! :)

  15. very useful :D

  16. i hear that he`s a smart man :)

  17. pichoni says :

    ppl, u need to update this shit what i mean is that u need more updated info got that k~later~mrs.pichoni

    1. Thank you for your feed back Mrs Pichoni. There are plans now in progress to update a lot of the existing articles on this site, as well as adding more great stuff and sections. All relating to the great new inventions and technology of this millenium. Our website traffic is growing very fast this year so it’s high time for a big update and revamp. Stay tuned.

  18. hi,
    i see people flaming a famous genius who’s should get more respect!
    He’s theory’s are proven many times. Hes name is associated with, invention of the atomic bomb and E=MC 2. Even today the scientist are witnessing Einstein’s theory of general relativity at play in a far-flung star system.”

  19. This was very helpful, thanks

  20. This will help a lot in science

    1. Well girl I dont get it. I’m just a crack head

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  22. Albert is a retracted person and im the first one for 2014 .

  23. Kaileigh says :

    Thank You for the info on Albert Einstein I have a book report on him last second I tried to finish it so again thank you and I will definetly recommend it to friends.

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