“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein in a letter to his son Eduard, 1930
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.
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.
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.
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.”