Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein


General Background

Albert Einstein is one of the world’s most famous physicists of all time, most famous for his equation of E= mc2. Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany. He first began his schooling at the Luitpold Gymnasium in Munich. Einstein’s parents were constantly on the move, so he later transferred his educational studies to Aarau, Switzerland. Einstein, wanting to become a teacher of mathematics and physics enrolled himself in the Swiss federal Polytechnic School where he received his teaching diploma in 1901. Einstein was unable to find employment teaching, so he accepted a position at the Swiss Patent Office as a technical assistant. Einstein further pursued an education and received a doctor’s degree in 1905. Einstein had two marriages. One was with Mileva Maric in 1903, and they had one daughter and two sons. They got a divorce in 1919, and in the same year, Einstein married his own cousin Elsa Löwenthal, who later died in 1936.

Einstein’s Work

During his time spent at the Swiss Patent Office, Einstein was able to conduct most of his famous work. Here Einstein was able to write many of his papers on the topics of physics, and he was able to establish his theories on relativity. Over the next several years, Einstein became a leading world figure on the topic of physics, and he was able to become a professor at the University of Zurich and the German University in Prague. Einstein was able to establish himself as a leading figure on the World Government Movement. After World War Two he was even offered the Presidency of Israel, but he declined. During the World War Two era, Einstein left Germany because of his opposing views with Hitler, and he emigrated to America where he became a professor at Princeton. It was here where he spent the remainder of his years. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. Einstein died on April 15, 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey.

Geometry and Calculus

Although Einstein was most remembered for his contributions to the world of physics, he also did make some contributions to the field of calculus and geometry. Einstein contributed many equations to geometry and calculus, ten of them known as Einstein Field Equations. These equations were first published by Einstein in 1915. One of these equations describes how stress-energy causes curvature of space-time and is usually written in tensor form. The equation is:
Gab=K Tab

Gab is the Einstein Tensor.
Tab is the stress energy tensor.
K is a constant.


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