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I Admire Albert Einstein

Jan 23, 2000 870 Words
What I find most admirable about Albert
Einstein is the way he thought up his theories
and had the ability to conduct experiments on
them. By doing this, he answered many
questions of the scientific realm of the world.
Some of the traits I admire are:

1. A trait I admire is his curiosity because he
always wanted to find out how things worked.
When he was five years old his father gave
him a compass. It was a mystery to him. He
wanted to know why the arrow always
pointed north. His father explained magnetism
to him, but that explanation didn't make the
invisible power less mysterious. When he was
older, he learned more about magnets. He
knew that the earth's magnetic field made the
needle point north. Since I am also very
curious about how things work, this trait is
one that I definitely share with him.

Another trait that I admire is that he was a
friendly teacher with a sense of humor, and
that is what his students liked about him. In
1909 Albert was offered a position as an
associate professor at the University of
Zurich. His friendliness and sense of humor
made him popular with his students even
though they thought he was a little strange.
How did they think he was strange? Well, on
his first day of class he came dressed in
pants that were too short and he had his
notes on a single scrap of paper. But after
talking for a few minutes, his students knew
that they had a very special teacher. He
cared about physics and about his students.
He enjoyed talking to his students and would
interrupt his own work just to help them. He
was always welcoming questions and often
invited his students to a local cafe or his
home to continue classroom discussions I
found that teachers I had in the past who
were friendly made learning more interesting.

Another trait was that he was good at math.
Albert didn't care for school. The only subject
he did like was math because figuring out
problems was easy and fun for him. His uncle
introduced him to algebra when he was
eleven years old because he knew Albert
enjoyed working with numbers. Albert was so
good at algebra that he was soon ready for
an advanced type of math.

At twelve years old, Alberts friend, Max
Talmud gave him a book on geometry. The
book captured his imagination and opened up
a whole new world of logic. He considered
geometry as a kind of miracle, like the
compass. He had no trouble going through
the book and solving all the problems. He
soon taught himself the more advanced form
of math called calculus.

Max then started bringing Albert science
books. Albert had never seen books like
these. They introduced him to topics such as
electricity, gravity, atoms, and stars. After
learning about these topics he wanted to
know more. He thought the world was a
mystery and he wanted to find some answers.
I too like math a lot and I also like solving
problems.

2. I know that Einstein's contributions were of
scientific importance because all of his
contributions are now used as very important
parts of the scientific realm. He proved that
molecules existed even though some
scientists didn't believe they existed. He wrote
a paper on the universe indicating that it has
boundaries, which lead to the beginning of
the modern science of cosmology, the study
of the beginning and the end of the universe.

His special theory of relativity was very
important in the nature of space, time, and
matter and how the speed of sound, light, or
other such things occur. According to this
theory, the mass and the size of objects
changes when in motion. These changes
become noticeable as the speed of the object
approaches the speed of light (186,000 miles
per second). E = mc@ comes from the
special theory of relativity.

One thing that I think benefited mankind but
also endangered us at the same time is the
atomic bomb. E = mc@ did not lead directly to
the building of the atomic bomb, but the
formula did lead scientists to think about
splitting the atom. The formula suggested that
splitting an atom would release a great deal
of energy. Einstein was worried that Germany
would harness atomic energy and drop
atomic bombs. Because of his fear, Einstein
wrote to president Roosevelt and urged him
to buy Uranium from the Belgian Congo. He
also suggested a project to see if a chain
reaction was possible. This became known
as the Manhattan Project, and the first atomic
bomb was born. Einstein then became known
as the father of the atomic bomb. The bomb
benefited America in World War II against
Japan, because it ended the war and saved
many American lives. After the bomb was
dropped and for the rest of his life, he worked
to make sure the bomb would never be used
again. He then dedicated himself to peace
and he founded the Nobel Peace Prize. He
was determined to spend much of the rest of
his life working for peace.

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