Albert Einstein is one of the most famous scientists of the 20th
century. Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany around
11:30 am. Winner of the 1921 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on
the photoelectric effect.
Albert Einstein was best known for his Theory of Relativity and
especially the formula E=MC2. The photoelectric effect is also
known as the Hertz effect, though this term has fallen out of
use. The photoelectric effect is when electromagnetic radiation
is exposed to a metallic surface and photons are absorbed and
current is produced. In 1915, Robert Andrews Millikan showed through
his experiments that Einstein was correct.
In 1905, Albert Einstein wrote a paper entitled, "On the Electrodynamics
of Moving Bodies" that lay out his special theory of relativity.
The Theory of Relativity included time, distance, energy and mass
and included electromagnetism, excluding gravity.
For his time, Albert Einstein was a social activist, giving speeches
promoting pacifism and liberalism. In a sad irony, Einstein's theories
were later used for military applications to produce both atomic
and hydrogen bombs. One of Albert Einstein's most famous quotes
is "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought,
but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." Albert
Einstein died April 18, 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey.
Rumor Has It …
Rumor has it that Albert Einstein had
a half-brother Fred who liked to wear women's clothes and
call himself Angie and the speakeasies of the Roaring 20's.
Fred also lost his front teeth in a bizarre accident involving
a flying duck, then joined the circus as both a fire-eater
and elephant poop evacuator.
There are many rumors surrounding Albert Einstein as well such
as he preferred to walk like a duck in order to try to cure a
case of walking pigeon-toed as he did since he was a child. Another
rumor is that Albert liked to talk in Pig-Latin with his meetings
with the Pope. And, a third unsubstantiated rumor, that is totally
innuendo and most likely false is that Albert Einstein had a fascination
with a like to spank ponies.
Written by Kevin Lepton