Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

In the next few pages I will talk about
a famous mathematician I decided to choose and write an essay about.

I chose probably the most well known mathematician/inventor in the world,
his name is Albert Einstein. I chose him because he is the one I
know the most about and finding information would not have been as hard.

In the next few pages I will tell you about his life as a kid, his life
as a mathematician, and his life as an inventor.

His name was Albert Einstein. He
was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany. Before his first birthday,
his family had moved to Munich were Albert's father, Hermann Einstein,
and uncle set up a small Electro-chemical business. Albert was a
very lucky kid because he was one of the few kids that were very close
with their family. Albert's mother, Pauline Einstein, had an intense
passion for music and literature, and it was she that first introduced
her son to the violin in which he found much joy and relaxation.

Also, he was very close with his younger sister, Maja, and they could often
be found in the lakes that were scattered about the countryside near Munich.

As a child, Einstein's sense of curiosity
had already begun to stir. A favorite toy of his was his fathers
compass, and he often marveled at his uncle's explanations of algebra.

Although Albert was intrigued by certain mysteries of science, he was considered
a slow learner. His failure to become fluent in German until the
age of nine even led some teachers to believe he was disabled.

Einstein's post-basic education began
at the Luitpold Gymnasium when he was ten. It was here that he first
encountered the German spirit through the school's strict disciplinary
policy. His disapproval of this method of teaching led to his reputation
as a rebel. It was probably these differences that caused Einstein
to search for knowledge at home. He began not with science, but with
religion. He would read the bible most of the day seeking truth,
but his religious fervor soon died down when he discovered the intrigue
of science and math. To him, these seemed much more realistic than
ancient stories. With this new knowledge he disliked class even more.

So from already skipping about two times a week it turned to four or five
which soon led to his getting expelled from Luitpold Gymnasium, because
they considered him a disruptive influence.

Feeling that he could no longer take the
attitude of Germany he decided to move to Switzerland where he could continue
his education. At sixteen he attempted to enroll at the Federal Institute
of Technology but failed the entrance exam. This forced him to study
locally for one year until he finally passed the schools evaluation.

The Institute allowed Einstein to meet many other students that shared
his curiosity, and it was here that his studies turned mainly to Physics.

He quickly learned that while physicists had generally agreed on major
principals in the past, there were modern scientists who were attempting
to disapprove outdated theories. Since most of Einstein's teachers
ignored these new ideas, he was again forced to explore on his own.

In 1900 he graduated from the Institute and then achieved citizenship to


A group of students that he tutored quickly
transformed onto a social club that shared a love of nature, music, and
of course science. In 1903 he married Mileva Meric, A mathematician

In 1905, Einstein published five separate
papers in a journal, the Annals of Physics. The first was immediately
acknowledged, and the University of Zurich awarded Einstein an additional
degree. The other papers helped to develop modern physics and earned
him the reputation of an artist. Many scientists have said that Einstein's
work contained an imaginative spirit that was seen in most poetry.

His work at this time dealt with molecules, and how their motion affected
temperature, but he is most well known for his Special Theory of Relativity,
which tackled motion and the speed of light. Perhaps the most important
part of his discoveries was the equation: E= mc2.

After publishing these theories Einstein
was promoted at his office. He remained at the Patents office for
another two years, but his name was becoming too big among the scientific
community. In 1908, Einstein began teaching part time at the University
of Berne, and the following year, at the age of thirty, he became employed
full time by Zurich University. Einstein was now able to move to

Prague with his wife and two sons, Hans Albert and Eduard. Finally,
after being promoted to