Here are some facts about Albert Einstein, the famous scientist.
- Albert Einstein was one of the most influential physicists of the 20th century. He is most famous for his theory of relativity (and for his wild hair style).
- Einstein was born in Germany in 1879 and moved to the United States in 1933. He published over 300 scientific papers before his death in 1955.
- Einstein’s parents thought he wasn’t very intelligent as he spoke very slowly as a child and muttered words to himself. He also failed his university entrance exam at the age of 17.
- Einstein had a very poor memory and could often not remember phone numbers and dates. He sometimes couldn’t recall his own phone number.
- His theory of relativity has been described as the world’s best known theory, and e=mc squared as the most well known equation. Today’s GPS systems still rely on the theory for accuracy.
- In addition to his famous theory, Einstein also investigated wormholes, invented a fridge, published a paper on the effects of gravity on light, and played the violin.
- Einstein left Germany because of the rise of the Nazi Party (led by Adolf Hitler) and their persecution of the Jews during World War 2.
- In 1952, Albert Einstein was asked to be the president of Israel, although he declined the offer.
- One of the most famous photographs of Albert Einstein shows him sticking his tongue out at the camera.
- He charged people for his autograph and then gave the money to charity.
- After his death, Einstein’s brain was removed and bits of it sent to scientists all over the world.
- Several schools and colleges, buildings and streets are named after Albert Einstein. He has also been mentioned in songs by James Taylor, Bob Dylan and Kelly Clarkson and has been featured on the stamps of many countries.
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