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Impact of Albert Einstein
Discusses the life and times of 20th century genius, Albert Einstein.
# 41053 | 1,316 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 17, 2003 in History (European - 20th Century) , Physics (General)

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This paper presents an intellectual biography of Albert Einstein. First, the paper considers the influence of his European society on his development and theories and then goes on to explore the impacts of his theory of relativity on society and science.

Einstein and his Society
Einstein's Impact on Society

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"In 1900 Albert Einstein graduated from the Swiss Polytechnic Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. One year later he published his first academic paper, became a Swiss citizen (he had been born in Germany) and was hired by the Swiss Patent Office in Zurich. In 1905 he was to publish a paper entitled "The Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies" which contained his special theory of relativity. This paper began a revolution in physics and related disciplines. According to Jacob Bronowski, "If his [Sir Isaac Newton's] ghost had come to Switzerland any time before 1900, all the clocks would have chimed hallelujah in unison. And yet, just after 1900 in Berne...a young man came to live who was going to set them all by the ears: Albert Einstein." Einstein introduced a new paradigm.
Einstein introduced the concept of a space-time continuum in his special theory of relativity. He had invented a fourth dimension, time, that was directly connected to the first three dimensions of physical space--height, depth and width.
"The central principle of the special theory of relativity is that "all observers should measure the same speed of light, no matter how fast they are moving." However, as Hawking also states this simple idea has many consequences. The most popularly known formula of Einstein, e=mc2--the equivalence of matter and energy--is derived from the special theory of relativity. From this follows the statement that no object with mass can travel at the speed of light. from the special theory of relativity one can also derive that, "only light, or other waves that have no intrinsic mass, can move at the speed of light.""

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