We are sure you do not know these interesting facts about Albert Einstein, the renowned physicist who is still looked up to for his inventions in the field of physics and sciences.
A German-born physicist and mathematician, Albert Einstein was the one who developed the general theory of relativity and also won a Nobel Prize for physics in 1921. He is an inspiration to many and his theories about life and sciences are still applicable in modern times.
These are some interesting facts about Albert Einstein:
- He was born on March 14, 1879, and died on April 18, 1955. His birthday is also known as “Pi” day as the numbers 3 and 14 makes up the first three digits of mathematical term pi (3.14).
- He won the Nobel Prize for photoelectric effect as his relativity theory was still being questioned at that point in time.
- He immigrated to the US after he won a Nobel Prize, as he was being targeted by the Nazis.
- As a child, he attended the elementary school in Munich and struggled with his school’s rigid, stereotypical methods of teaching and learning. He also suffered speech challenges which added to his feeling of alienation and being edged at school.
- Gradually, he overcame his challenges through deep introspection and inquisitiveness.
- During his childhood, he came across a medical student, Max Talmud, who introduced him to the nature of light. It greatly interested Einstein and he went ahead to study it in depth.
- He was very passionate about classical music and loved playing the violin.
- A memorable and crazy instance related to his life is when his parents got him his baby sister, he thought her to be a toy and after looking at her for a few minutes he asked: “where are the wheels?”
- Einstein loved taking a walk and was not fond of driving. His wife Elsa once said that “the professor does not drive. It’s too complicated for him.”
- There was a time when the Germans had put a $5,000 bounty on Einstein’s head and he was amazed and said: “I didn’t know it was worth that much!”
- He had a pet parrot named Bibo.
- He never glorified or supported the war, and in regards to ending the war he also exchanged some letters with Sigmund Freud, a renowned Austrian neurologist also the founder of psychoanalysis theory.
- In his letters written in 1932, he discussed politics and war with Freud and Einstein suggested that the only way to end or avoid a war was to have a global or international organisation with more power and authority than the current League of Nations.
- Many books have been written on the life and discoveries of Einstein. His world famous biography ‘Einstein: His Life and Universe’ is written by Walter Isaacson.
- His brain has been preserved in Princeton University Medical Center for further research and study by the neuroscientists.
- He also unknowingly had an affair with a Soviet spy and was also invested upon by FBI to find out if he was a communist. But because he was not, no evidence was found supporting the accusation.
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