Why Is Albert Einstein A Hero?

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A genius, a scientist, a man who was ahead of his time, an alien? Many people don’t know much about Albert Einstein other than he was a crazy scientist with crazy hair, but he in fact also had some crazy ideas and theories that make life as we know it today make sense scientifically. He lived throughout a time of war and poverty, running from the military, and then later helping the US Navy build weapons to fight against his birthplace, Germany. Some of the things Albert Einstein discovered and theorized we can’t even explain today. Was he a mathematical genius, a genetic flaw gone right, or for some people, maybe even an extraterrestrial? To find out, dive into Einstein’s crazy life. It’s up to you to decide! Was he really just crazy, or crazy …show more content…
He once said “How Strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he know not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it (3).” One of his most known works is the General Theory of Relativity, which he completed in 1915. It accurately predicts Mercury’s orbit around the sun and filled many of the holes left in Isaac Newton’s theory (4). Another development Einstein was involved in was the Manhattan Project. Many people think that Einstein was the one who helped design the atomic bomb, when in reality, the only military tactical schemes he was involved in were very minimal. He merely helped the navy come up with ideas for new weapons, and auctioned his personal written manuscripts of things like his relativity theory to help funding(5). A professor at Zurich, Prague, Berlin, and Princeton, Einstein not only knew science, but he could teach it. He taught for over twenty-four years from 1909 to …show more content…
He grew up in a middle class Jewish family, which would later affect many of his political views (7). As a child he enjoyed classical music and played the violin. He even had troubles in school because of a speech impediment that caused him to speak slowly, and pause often in mid-sentence (8). In the year 1889 his family regularly invited a poor medical student for dinner named Mac Talmud who eventually became an informal tutor to young Einstein, and the base for his high level understanding of the math and sciences at such a young age. Talmud was one of Einstein’s first inspirations about light beams, and led him to write his first scientific research paper at the age of sixteen. In his teenage years, writing research papers, Einstein also did something many people find interesting. He dropped out of high school. In Germany at the time, Einstein was enrolled in a military academy and having the desire to go to college, a passion for mathematics and science, and no interest in war, Albert Einstein dropped out of school, and avoided the draft (9). He then was able to apply to the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, Switzerland. Failing his entrance exams, though, he was accepted only because of his high math and science scores

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