Albert Einstein

by Isabel from Roseville

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." -Albert Einstein
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Albert Einstein ( ())

When you think of a hero you usually think of a masked man in tights, flying around saving people. Well, that is not always the case. Some heroes look and sound like average people. Albert Einstein, for example, is my hero. Einstein has always been interested in science. On his fifth birthday his father gave him a compass. Einstein was very interested in how it worked and it was then he realized what he wanted to do with his life. He began teaching himself very advanced math. Later, once he graduated from the University of Zurich, he got a job as a patent clerk. He didn't care much for his job as a patent clerk, but it gave him free time to work on his theories. Soon after he had written the special theory of relativity. He is my hero because his discoveries changed how we look at certain aspects of life.

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Einstein as a child ( (

In 1905 Albert Einstein published the Special Theory of Relativity and later the General Theory of Relativity. The Special Theory of Relativity explained how to interpret motion between different places that are moving at constant speeds relative to each other. Another part of his theory was the equation e=mc2, energy equals mass and the speed of light squared. From this simple formula you can tell that energy and matter are equivalent. This is important because he is most famous for this equation and it was used to help create the first atomic bomb. 

Even though Albert Einstein was a genius he was average, at best, in school. When he was young he didn't believe in a formal education, but rather preferred to teach himself. He learned advanced math and loved to ask his teachers complicated math problems to see if they could understand it; however, he wasn't always as smart as people thought he was. When he was younger he had a speaking disability. He would get up early in the morning and practice speaking. Finally, when he was twelve he got over his speech problem. This is important because it shows that even the greatest minds have problems they face and if you keep working at them then you will succeed. 

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Einstein was also a pacifist. When he wrote a letter to President Roosevelt, asking to fund an atomic bomb research, it was surprising. They wanted to build the bomb before Nazi Germany made one."The idea of using uranium or plutonium to generate a tremendous amount of energy that can do everything  power cities to blow up cities. Albert Einstein knew that this power was extremely dangerous and he had hoped that it would only be used for peaceful purposes." This quote by Peter Galison from Harvard University shows that Einstein did not wanted a bomb to be dropped, but wanted the technology to be used for good. This is a heroic action because it shows that even though his work helped build something bad it also could help do something good. For example, find a way to power a city. 

In the end Albert Einstein is my hero because of how his discoveries impacted the world. His theories made people look at space and time in a different perspective. In 1921 Einstein as awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in the field of theoretical physics. This was important because being recognized for his discoveries was a great accomplishment for all his hard work. Einstein died at age 76 in the year 1955. He is still considered one of the greatest minds in history.  

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Last edited 12/11/2014 12:00:00 AM

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