ETE 100 03
August 29, 2005
Birth and Childhood
Albert was born on March
14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany.
Parents Hermann and
Pauline were non observant Jews whose family business consisted of the manufacturing of electrical parts.
The house where
Einstein was born.
received good grades but found his schooling restricting as it depended on memorization and obedience. His real studies were done at home while reading science and math textbooks. He left his school in Munich at age 15, to join his parents who had moved to Italy.
Einstein’s class in Munich in
1889. Einstein is in the front row, second from the right.
"It is almost a miracle that modern teaching methods have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for what this delicate little plant needs more than anything, besides stimulation, is freedom." - Einstein
graduated from the Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology in 1900 as a secondary math and physics teacher.
obtained his Ph.D. from University of
Zurich. He later became professor at the
Kaiser-Wilhelm Gesellschaft in Berlin.
The 1905 papers:
Three seminal papers researched and written by Einstein.
The first concerning electromagnetic energy
The second proposing the special theory of relativity The third concerning statistical mechanics
This equation expresses the deep connection between energy and mass.
E represents energy, m represents mass, and c² is a very large number, the square of the speed of light.
Click to hear Einstein explain his formula
"I have become rather like King
Midas, except that everything turns not into gold but into a circus."
When British eclipse expeditions in 1919 confirmed his predictions about the general theory of relativity, Einstein was bombarded by the popular press.
Einstein became the world's symbol of pure genius, and of the new physics.
Einstein was awarded the Nobel