A Truly Beautiful Mind Summary Analysis and Explanation

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A Truly Beautiful Mind Summary Analysis and Explanation

About the Poet Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein (1916-1995) was a theoretical physicist who published the special and general theories of relativity and contributed to other areas of physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. In June 1905, Albert Einstein produced four papers that revolutionized science.

Albert Einstein - A Truly Beautiful Mind Summary Analysis and Explanation

Poet Name Albert Einstein
Born 14 March 1879, Ulm, Germany
Died 18 April 1955, Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, New Jersey, United States
Spouse Elsa Einstein (m. 1919–1936), Mileva Marić (m. 1903–1919)
Education University of Zurich (1905), ETH Zürich (1896–1900)

A Truly Beautiful Mind Introduction

This is the story of Albert Einstein who is regarded as a visionary and world citizen. The story tries to show him as a human being, a fairly ordinary person who had his likes and dislikes, his streaks of rebellion, and his problems. Over time, the name Einstein became synonym for genius. His work changed our understanding of space, time and the entire cosmos.

A Truly Beautiful Mind Summary of the Lesson

Albert Einstein was bom on 14 March 1879 at Ulm in Germany. His mother thought he was a freak and his head was too large. Einstein didn’t speak until the age of two-and-a-half and when he did learn to speak, he uttered everything twice. He had no interest in playing with other children. He preferred being by himself. However, he loved mechanical toys.

Once the headmaster at a school Einstein studied in, told his father that his son would never be successful, whatever career he took up. His mother wanted him to learn the violin when was six-years old. So, he started learning it and later became a gifted amateur violinist.

Einstein was not a bad student. He went to high school in Munich and got good marks in almost every subject. But he did not like the school’s stifling discipline and left it for good at the age of 15. He wanted to continue his higher education as he had deep interest in mathematics and physics. He joined a university in Zurich because the atmosphere there was more liberal than Munich.

There he met a fellow student, Mileva Marie who was equally intelligent and clever. They fell in love and finally married in 1903 after Einstein got a job on completing his university studies. The couple was gifted with two sons. But their marriage didn’t last long and they finally divorced in 1919.

After completing his university education, Einstein badly needed a job. He started his career as a teaching assistant and gave private lessons. Finally, in 1902, he secured a job as a technical expert in the patent office in Bern.

Though his job was to assess other people’s inventions but he worked secretly on his idea on relativity. He published his Special Theory of Relativity in 1905, according to which time and distance are not absolute.

This was followed by the world famous formula which describes the relationship between mass and energy: E = me2, where E stands for energy, m for mass and c for the speed of the light in a vacuum. In 1915, he published his General Theory of Relativity, which gave an absolutely new interpretation of gravity.

This theory established Einstein’s fame in the world of science. In 1919, during a solar eclipse, his theory came out be accurate which brought a scientific revolution. Two years later, he received the Nobel Prize for Physics. After this, he became a world figure.

In 1933, Einstein emigrated to the United States as the Nazis had come to power in Germany. He was apprehensive about atomic bomb. So, when Germany developed the principle of nuclear fission in 1938, he became the first person to raise his voice against it.

He wrote a letter to the American President, Franklin D. Roosevelt on 2 August 1939 to warn him against Germany’s building of an atomic bomb. This made the Americans develop their own atomic bomb in secret which they used against Japan in August 1945.

As a result, the two Japanese cities named Hiroshima and Nagasaki were totally destroyed. The large scale destruction that it caused shook Einstein from within.

He then wrote an open letter to the United Nations proposing the formation of a world government which could stop such destruction by putting an end to the arms buildup. He was a great advocate of peace and democracy and campaigned for the same till his death in 1955 at the age of 76.

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