Failing repeatedly at something shouldn’t be the reason why you should become a failure in life. Indeed, your ability to rise again after a fall might go a long way to reshape your life. This is Albert Einstein’s story, the once upon a time dull students whom his teachers never considered a potential talk less of making an impact the world will keep on mentioning.
Today’s edition is about Albert Einstein, who was in Ulm, Wurttemberg Kingdom of the German Empire, born to Pauline Koch and Hermann Einstein; he received his primary and secondary education in Luitpold Gymnasium. Although his father wanted him to study electrical engineering, he was interested somewhere else, especially after he clashed with school authorities over their teaching method. He moved to Italy, where he wrote a short essay titled “On the Investigation of the State of the Ether in a Magnetic Field” and began to excel in the field of mathematics and physics at the age of 12. His progress became advanced when he developed an interest in philosophy and music. His exposure to Immanuel Kant would later ignite interest to explore further.
Albert Einstein did have challenges that nearly damaged his confidence and abilities. Despite graduating at the age of 21 from the Swiss Polytechnic Institute, he struggled for employment, and his reputation as a terrible student made it far worse. His teachers never took him seriously; he was frustrated to the point of nearly dropping from school and took on many odd jobs for survival. However, the greatest pain to him was that his father died, believing he was a total failure, which discouraged him for a long time.
People who are destined for greatness are mostly faced with the test of giving up, but the ability to fight on and triumph over what life limits them to is what makes them genius.
At the age of 12, he discovered an original proof for Pythagorean Theorem, which made his family tutor, bought him a geometry book. Also, he was already teaching calculus, and by 14years of age, he mastered integral and differential calculus. His amazing year began in 1905 when he published four groundbreaking papers: Brownian motion, photoelectric effect, special relativity, and the equivalence of mass and energy. These papers announced his entry into the academic world at the age of 26.
Building on his academic success, he made some calculations that led to his general relativity theory in 1911, which established light from another star being bent by the Sun’s gravity. After confirmation by Sir Arthur Eddington during the solar eclipse on the 29th of May, 1919, and international media publications about it, he became famous worldwide. This invention led to the abolition of Isaac Newton’s ideas. His effort landed him a Nobel Prize in physics in 1921, and he was awarded the Copley medal from the Royal Society in 1925.
Einstein has been credited for providing empirical evidence for the atomic bomb in his published paper titled “Brownian Motion,” which discussed particles’ random motion in a fluid. His explanation in this paper confirmed the existence of atoms and molecules; it eventually led to the atomic bombs invention. His other achievement includes determining Avogadro’s number, size of molecules, solving the riddle of the photoelectric effect which many scientists have tried for years but failed to solve, and many more.
Albert Einstein’s role towards the development of humanity will forever be in the history book for a long time. No wonder he was tagged as the “father of atomic bomb” and founder of relativity theory. He will forever be in the hearts and minds of scientists who specialized in physics and mathematics.