It’s no secret that Albert Einstein was a genius – that guy seriously knew his stuff.
But did you know that when he was just a young man working his way through education, he was often overlooked by many of his peers and professors? Admittedly, he did not help himself by skipping lectures to spend more time in the lab – but what’s an ingenious physicist to do?
It was not until 1905 that Einstein had his “Miracle Year” and, even then, it was not after another 15 years before he became a renowned genius! But what made that year so miraculous? Well, Einstein published 4 extraordinary papers, each of which contributed to significant areas of science within that year. Here is what he discovered:
Light Is Constant
Einstein proved that the popularised theory during the early 1900’s, that light was a wavelike formation, was actually incorrect when he released his first paper in March 1905. In it, he proposed light to be a particle formation that is constant and always travels at the same speed.
Time In Relation To Space Travel
Unlike light, Einstein stated that time is not constant but is instead relevant. Whilst this may not be noticeable to us Earth-inhabiting folk, the revelation hugely impacted space travel, proving that the speed of light is the same no matter what the speed of the observer.
Energy Equals Mass (Squared)
You have probably heard of the equation E=mc2. Einstein was the genius behind it. Einstein came up with this after exploring the relationship between mass and energy and discovering the two were equivalent. Essentially they are different forms of the same thing – a bit like ice and water!
Gravity and Density
Adding to Newton’s theory of gravitational pull, Einstein stated that the apple not only falls to the ground because of gravity, but also because of the dent the earth makes in the fabric of space.
Want to know even more about Einstein?
Check out the following strange and startling facts -
• Einstein was given the opportunity to be the president of Israel but politely turned the offer down.
• He failed his university entrance exam. Even geniuses can fail sometimes.
• The pathologist who carried out the autopsy on Einstein’s body stole his brain and kept it in a jar for 20 years.
• Einstein’s eyes are currently in a safe box in New York City.
• Yoda from Star Wars is based on Albert Einstein!