Albert Einstein: A Man of Controversy
Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist born in Germany in 1879. He developed many scientific breakthroughs, which impacted the world as it is today. His mass-energy equivalence formula was crowned the most famous equation. In 1921 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect. The name Einstein has become practically synonymous with the word genius. Einstein once said, “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has it’s limits.”. Einstein was a creative man, this led him to be such an innovative scientist. In 1955, Einstein died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. A study of Albert Einstein shows that he was a very controversial man, due to his involvement in the creation of the atomic bomb, the possibility that he was autistic, and his scandalous personal life.
One of the most controversial things about Einstein was his involvement in the creation of the atomic bomb used in the assault on Japan during World War Two (Physics Central, 1). Although many people are convinced he invented the bomb its self, this is not true. In 1905 as a part go his Special Theory of Relativity he made the point that a large amount of energy could be released by a small amount of matter. He created the formula E=mC2 to demonstrate this. Twenty four years later Einstein publicly announced that no matter what the circumstances, he would never help in a war effort, directly or indirectly. Soon Hitler came into power in the Germany. This made the situation personal for Einstein, because Germany was his original home and many members of his family still resided there (Einstein and the First World War, 2). Einstein sent a letter directly to President Roosevelt explaining that he believed it was crucial they build an atomic bomb, because he had intel claiming that Germany had already begun to construct their own weapon of mass destruction. (Elert, 1) Although Einstein...
Cited: “Einstein and Newton Has Autism”BBC News. 2003.
23 November 2013
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