Monday, June 9, 2014

Albert Einstein - Learning Biography

Theoretical Physicist. Developed the General Theory of Relativity and is best known for his mass energy equation E=mc(square). Won the Nobel Prize in 1921 for his services to Physics. His work pioneered several new fields of research like quantum mechanics, the big bang, telecommunication and more.

After spending the afternoon of 9th June, 2014 watching a History Channel Documentary on Einstein's life, I knew there was a Learning Biography in the making.  Link

Considered a bad student growing up.
Professors and teachers were convinced Einstein would end up no where.  But Einstein had a different way of looking at the world around him. When his father got him his first compass, he observed the object for a long period of time, wondering what made the stick inside move in a particular direction. The physical world around him had begun to fascinate him.

First Big Ideas at a Patent Office

Einstein spent most of his twenties looking for jobs at various different kinds of establishments. He finally realizes he was not the best fit for an educational establishment and took up a job of looking through patent applications at the local patent office. Six Days a week he would look through thousands of patent applications. He got a chance to explore and further develop his ideas in the free time he had to contemplate here.

First recognized at the age of 32

Published some brilliant research papers on the photo-electric effect and the nature of light between 1900- 1910. Was not recognized by the scientific community because of no certain academic backing. Max Planx (Renowned Theoretical Physicist) found the papers and recognized Einstein's brilliance. He introduced Einstein to the scientific community and by thethe age of 32, Einstein now became Professor Einstein at the University of Bern.

Music was a love

Einstein was a passionate musician and would spend lots of time playing age old classics on his violin. He felt Mozart's Music represented the harmony of the Universe well. He mentioned often how it would calm his mind and let him think better.

Thought Experiment

Einstein had a peculiar characteristic. He could focus his thoughts on a particular subject or concept for hours and days and not lose interest. His colleagues would often catch him lost in thought for hours over a new theory he was working on. He called this exercise a 'Gedenexperiment'

Thank you for all the possibilities Einstein. Thank you for expanding our horizons.

Let us learn together.
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