Foundational Knowledge: Albert Einstein

Genius from past sees into future of science

Derby Roan, Copy Editor

In Germany in the 1890s, an average student dropped out of school at the age of 15. He went on to fail an entrance exam to a university, father an illegitimate child and marry his cousin later in life. This man was dubbed an enemy of the Nazi regime, offered the presidency of Israel and, above all else, hated socks.
Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in 1921 was for his contribution to the research of photoelectric effects, research which he had done 15 years prior. This research was brought to light after Einstein’s rise to fame after the Eclipse of 1919.
But, his discoveries and theories are still influential to science today. Much of the research done in physics today relies on Einstein’s work and seeks to prove that which hasn’t been proven yet. One of Einstein’s most interesting ideas was space-time, the four-dimensional fabric of our universe. This link between space and time has some powerful implications for believers in time travel, arguing that energy can be diverted from time into motion. In other words, the faster you move, the slower time moves, at least on a small scale.
Einstein died of internal bleeding in 1955, refusing surgery that would prolong his life, as he saw the artificial extension of life as “tasteless.”

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