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Albert Einstein's Birthday!

By March 14, 2007

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On March 14, 1879, a boy was born to a Jewish family in Ulm, Wurttemberg, Germany. Little did anyone know that young Albert Einstein, who had various speech difficulties and learned to talk late, would go on to become the most prominent physicist in history and named People magazine's "Man of the Century" in 1999.

In 1905, Einstein published four revolutionary papers in the journal Annalen der Physik, including papers explaining the photoelectric effect and the fundamentals of his special theory of relativity. His work laid the foundation for the field of quantum physics, though he himself had some concerns about the conceptual implications of his own work.

Specifically, Einstein didn't like the fact that quantum physics allows (conceptually at the time, though it has since been demonstrated) that information about a system can be "communicated" instantaneously through quantum entanglement. This violates one of the principles of relativity, which is that no information can travel faster than the speed of light. Einstein's friendly, though heated, debate with colleague Niels Bohr on this issue went on for years, and provided key insights into the developing quantum theory.

In the later years of his life, Einstein focused his work on the attempt to derive a Unified Field Theory (more often called Grand Unified Theory, or GUT, at the time) which would unify the fundamental forces of physics into a single conceptual framework. This attempt was not successful, but it is still the holy grail of physics research, resulting in theories such as string theory, quantum gravity, and loop quantum gravity.

In addition to his work in physics, he also became a prominent figure in popular culture, obtaining a status akin to a modern day rock star. His distinctive appearance may have helped with this, and certainly has made him popular among cartoonists. He wrote a letter to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1939, expressing concern that Germany might be using his own research to develop nuclear weapons. This letter motivated FDR to initiate the Manhattan Project to develop such a weapon for the Allies first.

Einstein later became a vocal supporter of the Zionist movement, although he also expressed concerns about the specifics of the decision to form Israel ... concerns which the continued violence in that region & border dispute shows to have been prescient. He was asked to be Israel's second president, but he chose to decline it.

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March 16, 2007 at 12:36 pm
(1) Stephen says:

One can think of his Nobel prize winning photoelectric effect paper as the start of quantum physics. There’s a bit of irony here. If you want to learn the truth, you have to follow Nature whereever she leads you. Even if the answer turns out to be ’42′.

March 8, 2008 at 8:56 am
(2) Brooke says:

I love Eienstein

March 14, 2008 at 2:42 pm
(3) jacob luker says:

laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…. good picture wooo

October 29, 2008 at 8:13 pm
(4) regina says:

i love Albert Einstein
he is the best

November 23, 2008 at 4:16 am
(5) Grace says:

I just watched a show about Albert Einstein on History Channel. I think that the Nobel Prize organization should do a special commendation for Albert Einstein’s work on general, special relativity and E=mc^2. Prof. Einstein should receive 4 in total of Nobel prize in my opinion. All his works has proven to benefit all the people around the global.

March 9, 2009 at 10:27 am
(6) hayley(the tall one) says:

hey he has the same birthday as my friend rachael:)) he is the best mind ov our time and i should know im 14:p

June 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm
(7) desiree says:

jejejejhex nice pic.

July 14, 2010 at 8:32 am
(8) shalini says:

he has born on my birthday and died on my bestfriend’s birthday.

August 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm
(9) ADIKE says:

Those that hate nd want you death will turn out 2 worship,adore nd take ur commands wen they find out that you are a Genius,this man Albert Einstein was one man who ruled d world not just in physics it was in all field.do u knw dat after his death his remains were taken 2 lab just 2 find out his source of knowledge.the only part i seems not to understand is him being the founder of “CULT OF RELATIVITY”.

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