Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein

E= mc2

Albert Einstein received the Nobel Peace Prize in Physics in 1921

Birth: March 14, 1879Birth place: Urm, Wurttemberg, GermanyOccupation: PhysicistWife: Mileva Maric (1903- 1919)Elsa Einstein (1919-1936)Children: Hans Albert and EduardDeath: Aplril 18, 1955Place: Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.

"The most important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiousity has its own reason for existing."

ALBERT EINSTEIN

Although the concept of relativity was not introduced by Einstein, his major contribution was the recognition that the speed of light in a vacuum is constant and an absolute physical boundary for motion. This does not have a major impact on a person's day to day life since we travel at speeds much slower than light speed. For objects traveling near light speed, however, the theory of relativity states that objects will move slower and shorten in length from the point of view of an observer on Earth. Einstein also derived the famous equation, E = mc2, which reveals the equivalence of mass and energy. When Einstein applied his theory to gravitational fields, he derived the "curved space-time continuum" which depicts the dimensions of space and time as a two-dimensional surface where massive objects create valleys and dips in the surface. This aspect of relativity explained the phenomena of light bending around the sun, predicted black holes as well as the background radiation left from the Big Bang.

"All of science is nothing more than refinement of everyday thinking."


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