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Nicolas Di Lucia
6/5/11

Why Albert Einstein is the most influential historical figure

Albert Einstein, who arguably contributed more than any other scientist since Sir Isaac Newton to our modern vision of physical reality, is clearly one of the most gifted intellects the world has ever known. In a relatively brief period of time, Einstein changed the way people thought about space, time, gravitation and war.

Albert Einstein was born on March 15, 1879, in the southern Germany city Ulm. Both of Einstein’s parents were Jewish, although they did not strictly practice the religion. As a adolescent he was very dull, in fact his parents first thought he might have been mentally challenged because he could not speak fluently until he was about nine years old. “He would pause for a long time between sentences, and sometimes he would repeat himself”. (Jake Goldberg pg.7) In school when Einstein was young he didn’t appear to have any special educational “gift”, “In fact, he impressed his early teachers as a dreamy child without an especially promising future”. (Jeremy Bernstein pg.21) However as Einstein became older he started getting older his acumen progresses immensely, “at the age of 12 I experienced a second wonder of a totally different nature: in a little book dealing with Euclidean plane geometry”. (Jeremy Bernstein pg.24) That was what gave Einstein a “kick start” to becoming one of the most influential figures in history. From ordinary beginnings Einstein became one of the greatest scientific thinkers of all time. From Einstein’s theory of relativity, this changed our conception of the universe and our place on it, to his search for a unified field theory that would explain all of the forces in the universe. On top of that he also earned a Nobel Prize in 1921, but “Einstein was rejected as a Nobel winner for eleven years”. (Judy L. Hasday pg.8)

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