Famous Germans - Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein died in 1955. That's 50 years ago. Germany celebrates the Einstein year.
Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955) was a German-born Jewish theoretical physicist of German, Swiss and American citizenship, who is widely regarded as the greatest scientist of the 20th century or even of all time.
He proposed the theory of relativity and also made major contributions to the development of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and cosmology. He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect in 1905 (his "miracle year") and "for his services to Theoretical Physics".
After his general theory of relativity was formulated in November 1915, Einstein became world famous, an unusual achievement for a scientist. In his later years, his fame exceeded that of any other scientist in history. In popular culture, his name has become synonymous with great intelligence and even genius.
Einstein himself was deeply concerned with the social impact of scientific discovery. His reverence for all creation, his belief in the grandeur, beauty, and sublimity of the universe (the primary source of inspiration in science), his awe for the scheme that is manifested in the material universe—all of these show through in his work and philosophy.
It still sounds astounding in my ears. How could anyone describe the universe like him?
What else do we know? He was a scientist but a star as well. He played with this role and sometimes took the liberty to behave like a child (remember his famous photos, you find some of them here).
He treated women bady obviously, his contract of marriage with one of his wifes is famous. But she wanted to marry him anyway.
He was a lateral thinker and a cosmopolitan. Many people want to participate in his fame and brilliance.
The ZDF, one of the big German TV broadcasting companys honors Albert Einstein with a great Internet page. Einsteins Welt (Einstein's world) with a profound coverage of his life, work, dreams and legacy.
It was awarded with the renowned Grimme online award this year. A perfect chance to dive into the thrilling and gorgeous world of Albert Einstein.
"Wenn die Menschen nur über das sprächen, was sie begreifen, dann würde es sehr still auf der Welt sein" (Albert Einstein)