Who Was Albert Einstein?
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Everyone has heard of Albert Einstein-but what exactly did he do? How much do kids really know about Albert Einstein besides the funny hair and genius label? For instance, do they know that he was expelled from school as a kid? Finally, here's the story of Albert Einstein's life, told in a fun, engaging way that clearly explores the world he lived in and changed.
because he was always asking questions the teachers could not answer. The end result was that Albert was expelled from school. Chapter 3 Albert Takes a Very Deep Breath … and Keeps Thinking “One is born into a herd of buffaloes and must be glad if one is not trampled underfoot before one’s time.” —Albert Einstein Getting expelled from school—even a school he hated—was very painful for Albert. He was embarrassed to have failed so openly. He was angry with his teachers. He was
noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind,” he said. Albert made several important decisions during those hikes. He decided to study physics at college. Physics is the science of objects, their energy, and the way they move. After that he wanted to become a physics professor. To do this, Albert knew that he would have to finish high school. But no school could ever own his mind, which he felt his German high school had tried to do. Albert also decided that the
from an already-invented gadget. If it’s really a new idea, the inventor gets a patent, which means other people aren’t allowed to copy it. It takes a very smart person to understand inventions when they’re just at the idea stage. Albert was that person. Reading applications for new inventions was like solving puzzles. Albert was so good at his job that each day he completed his work long before it was time to go home. He then was able to turn his attention to his first love—thinking. Imagine
his family. Albert was happy and secure. Confident in his job, he could relax—be more himself. For Albert, that meant dressing carelessly, wearing the same wrinkled shirt day after day, and often forgetting to brush his hair. As someone once said, “Einstein looked as if he’d just smoked an exploding cigar.” Albert’s years at the patent office were wonderful. He had a family, time to think and write lots of scientific papers, and enough money. Many of the greatest scientific achievements of the
* * * Albert’s theories were startling. For example, Albert claimed that light bent as it traveled through space. This surprised scientists who assumed that light always traveled in a straight line. Who was right? Often a scientific theory can’t be proven. But this theory could be. During a total solar eclipse, the moon blocks the sun’s bright light from viewers on Earth. This makes it possible to photograph the light of the stars beyond the sun. Albert insisted that a study of those photos