Introduction: Albert EinsteinThough he described himself as a "mathematical ignoramus," Albert Einstein's thinking was so complex that accomplished members of the scientific community still struggle to wrap their minds around the meaning and implications of his theories. Born in Germany in 1879, the frizzy-haired physicist conducted some of his most important research in Princeton, New Jersey, where he spent the later years of his life. Perhaps best known for his Theory of Relativity and his equation E=mc2, Einstein's work revolutionized the field of theoretical physics and made him a celebrity throughout the globe. As he presented Einstein at Medal Day exercises, Dr. Frederick Palmer, Jr. of The Franklin Institute's Committee on Science and the Arts said: "The romance of his achievement has been such that mathematical physics has become popular with the public." Who was Albert Einstein? What were his achievements in the field of physics? These pages hold the answers to these questions and tell the fascinating story of one of the world's most well known scientists. |