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Born in Germany MARCH 14, 1879, he began teaching himself calculus at age 14.
With a doctorate from the University of Zurich, he wrote papers on electromagnetic energy, relativity, and statistical mechanics.
He predicted a ray of light from a distant star would appear to bend as it passed near the Sun.
When an eclipse confirmed this, the London Times ran the headline, November 7, 1919, “Revolution in science-New theory of the Universe-Newtonian ideas overthrown.”
This was Albert Einstein, who, in 1921, won the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Describing the theory of relativity, Albert Einstein said:
“When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute-and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity.”
Einstein’s first visit to the U.S. was to raise funds for Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.
On his 3rd visit, 1932, he took a post at Princeton University.
When the National Socialist Workers Party took control of Germany, they barred Jews from holding official positions or teaching at universities. Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels proclaimed “Jewish intellectualism is dead” and burned Einstein’s works.
Commenting on redistribution of wealth, Albert Eistein stated:
“I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker in this cause. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds…Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus, or Gandhi armed with the moneybags of Carnegie?”
Einstein stayed in the United States, becoming a citizen in 1940.
Einstein’s theory of relativity, E=MC2, is the basis for applying atomic energy. He warning that Nazis could create the atom bomb led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to set up the Manhattan Project.
In November of 1952, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion asked Einstein to be Israel’s 2nd President, but he declined due to age, dying less than 3 years later. Being “deeply moved” by the offer, Einstein replied:
“My relationship with the Jewish people became my strongest human tie.”
The periodic table’s 99th element, discovered shortly after his death in 1955 was named “einsteinium.”
Albert Einstein was quoted in The New York Times, November 9, 1930, saying:
“I assert that the cosmic religious experience is the strongest and noblest driving force behind scientific research.”
Albert Einstein stated:
“God Almighty does not throw dice.”
“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds.”
Though not believing in a personal God, The Saturday Evening Post, October 26, 1929, published Albert Einstein’s interview with George Sylvester Viereck, in which Einstein stated:
“As a child, I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene…
“No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus.
“His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”
Princeton University’s Fine Hall has inscribed Albert Einstein’s words:
“Raffiniert ist der Herr Gott, aber Boshaft ist er nicht.” (God is clever, but not dishonest.)
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