Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist who is now famous across the world as one of the greatest scientists of all time. Known in particular for his development of the theories of general relativity and special relativity, Einstein completely shattered previously held conceptions about the universe and was also renowned for his committed political stances. In just 50 minutes, you will find out how his actions shaped our understanding of the world and understand his profound influence on science and physics.
This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the key moments in Einstein’s illustrious scientific career, including the wave and photon theory of light and the concept of space-time. It also features a full biography, a valuable introduction to the political, social and economic context and an evaluation of the impact of Einstein’s discoveries, giving you all the essential information about the winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics.
About Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist who was born in 1879. Although he is now known as a brilliant scientist, Einstein did not particularly stand out in school and his strong personality led to disciplinary problems. Even after he graduated from university with brilliant results, the young Einstein found it difficult to earn his professors’ trust, and he was turned down from every teaching post he applied for. However, 1905 was his miracle year: he wrote four papers for the journal Annalen der Physik which propelled him to fame and cemented his reputation as one of the greatest physicists who ever lived.
This clear and accessible 40-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to Albert Einstein
- A brief history of physics
- Aristotle and the natural sciences
- Galileo and heliocentrism
- Newton and gravitation
- Einstein’s life
- A rebellious student
- The difficult years
- 1905: Einstein’s miracle year
- Einstein the superstar
- The rise of Nazism and his flight to America
- Einstein’s greatest research and struggles
- The father of modern physics
- Einstein’s social and political commitment
- Impact of Einstein’s work
- New perspectives in physics
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