English II Honors
October 18, 2007
Albert Einstein was a very intelligent man he was not just a person thought of making the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. Albert Einstein is widely known as the person who developed the special theories of relativity and won the Nobel Prize for his explanation of the Photoelectric Effect and was considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century. (“Albert Einstein.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 1) Albert Einstein had a very interesting life because of his great wisdom and knowledge in physics. . He was also a great man in many ways other than just the man that was blamed for the making of the Atomic Bomb. Albert Einstein’s parents were Hermann and Pauline Einstein and they were secular, middle class Jews. His mother was a stay at home mom and his father was a featherbed salesman. He also had a Sister named Maja who was born two years after he was. When Albert was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Wurttemberg, Germany (“Albert Einstein.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 1) his mother thought that his head was so big and oddly shaped that it might be deformed. (Delano 8) When Albert had reached the age that most children begin to speak and even a little while after he made no attempt to speak at all. Albert loved to sit and play all to himself with building blocks and such. (Delano 10) Albert started violin lessons when he was five. He did not enjoy playing the violin much, until he reached the age of 13. That same year at the age of 13 Albert’s father showed him a compass and from that day on he was amazed that some “invisible force” always made the needle point north. (Delano 11) Although Albert’s was Jewish his family was not very religious. When Albert got his first report card he was marked first in his class, yet even though he got good grades he did not enjoy school much. (Delano 12) When Albert was 16 he moved to the Alps in Zurich where he loved the scenery and even skipping school to enjoy the beautiful sites and study geometry and physics alone. (Delano 16) When Albert was 17 he began independent studies and was preparing himself to enter a University. At 17 Albert applied to the school, Swiss Federal Institute but, because of his lack of school and the knowledge in French, Chemistry, and Biology he was turned down. He was told he could attend if he went to Aaron High School for one year then he would be accepted. He went to Aaron High and then a year later was accepted into the institute. (Delano 17) For Albert’s four years at the Institute he cut many classes and when it came time for the final examination he was so behind he borrowed a friends notes to study and was able to pass. Although he passed, his professors did not think highly of him and would not recommend him to teach at another university. For two years Einstein worked as a tutor and a substitute teacher and in 1902 became an examiner in the Swiss Patent Office in Bern. (“Albert Einstein.” Msn Encarta. 1) In 1905 Albert received his doctorate from the University of Zurich for the theoretical dissertation on the dimensions of molecules; he also published three theoretical papers on central importance to the development of 20th century physics. (“Albert Einstein.” Msn Encarta. 1) Einstein’s famous papers in 1905 were all written while he was still an official at the Patent office in Bern. (Whitrow 32) The first of three papers was on Brownian motion; Albert made significant predictions about the motion of particles that are randomly distributed in a fluid. The second of the three was on the photoelectric effect, contained a revolutionary hypothesis concerning the nature of light. Not only did Einstein propose that under certain circumstances light can be considered as consisting of particles, but not only that he also hypothesized that the energy carried by any light particle, called a photon, is proportional...