Born March 14, 1879, in Ulm, Germany, Albert Einstein (1879−1955) seems not to have anticipated how famous his theories and ideas would make him. In fact, Einstein professed to be mystified by the adulation and attention that rained down on him as his last name became, even during his lifetime, a byword for “genius.”
The truth is, however, that his life and work continue to intrigue. As the Museum’s 2002-3 Einstein exhibition points out, “Albert Einstein reinterpreted the inner workings of nature, the very essence of light, time, energy, and gravity. His insights fundamentally changed the way we look at the universe—and made him the most famous scientist of the 20th century.”
Peace Cannot be Kept by Force ; It can only be achieved by understanding .
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part
limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and
feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion
of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us,
restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few
persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this
prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living
creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Happy Birthday Albert Einstein ~ March 14 , 1879 ~
Happy birthday to Albert Einstein! The visionary physicist and passionate humanitarian was born on this day in 1879.
He was daring, wildly ingenious, passionately curious. He saw a beam of light and imagined riding it; he looked up at the sky and envisioned that space-time was curved. Albert Einstein reinterpreted the inner workings of nature, the very essence of light, time, energy, and gravity. His insights fundamentally changed the way we look at the universe—and made him the most famous scientist of the 20th century.
Born on 14 March 1879, died 18 April 1955, his 1915 General Theory of Relativity earned worldwide fame and a firm place in history. His “services to theoretical physics”, in particular his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect, won him the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics. Dissatisfied with Newton’s classical mechanics and their limitations in explaining the natural world and specifically the newly discovered microscopic world suggested by the electromagnetic field, Einstein proposed a theory that addressed mechanics, electromagnetic fields and gravity. The world relativity was first used in English as a noun in 1834 meaning simply the fact or condition of being relative, derived from the English adjective relative. It first had roughly the sense that Einstein used in the work of English scientist James Clerk Maxwell in 1876. The word relative was used in English in the 14th century to mean a relative pronoun-from the Late Latin relativus meaning having reference or relation, which came from Latin relatus, the past participle of referre meaning to refer.
Official portrait of Albert Einstein after his Nobel Prize in Physics.