Born in Germany MARCH 14, 1879, he began teaching himself calculus at age 14. With a doctorate from the University of Zurich, he wrote papers on electromagnetic energy, relativity, and statistical mechanics. He predicted a ray of light from a distant star would appear to bend as it passed near the Sun. When an eclipse confirmed this, the London Times headline ran November 7, 1919, “Revolution in science-New theory of the Universe-Newtonian ideas overthrown.”
This was Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein. Einstein’s first visit to the U.S. was to raise funds for Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. On his 3rd visit, 1932, he took a post at Princeton. When Nazis took over Germany, Albert Einstein stayed in the U.S., becoming a citizen in 1940.
Einstein’s theory of relativity is the basis for applying atomic energy.
Einstein’s warning that Nazis could create an atom bomb led FDR to set up the Manhattan Project. Though not believing in a personal God, The Saturday Evening Post, October 26, 1929, published an interview with George Sylvester Viereck, in which Einstein stated:
“As a child, I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene…No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”
Three years before Einstein died, he was asked to be Israel’s 2nd President, but declined due to age. The periodic table’s 99th element, discovered shortly after his death in 1955, was named “einsteinium.”
Princeton University’s Fine Hall has inscribed Albert Einstein’s words: “God is clever, but not dishonest.”
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