Einstein: His Life And Universe
After some months reading through Walter Isacsson’s masterpiece I discovered my love for science and respect for the man behind the 20th century uprising.As a prized memory, it will never barren me.
The young Einstein once sick, got a compass from his father that would etch a deep sense of awe in him for the invisible forces in nature . The hidden force field would guide him through his prodigious discoveries that would go on to challenge and later tumble the great Newton and would keep him on a lifelong search for a unified field theory dealing with the unification of gravitation and electromagnetism, often referred to as the ‘theory of everything’.
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Einstein had a gifted intellect. At the age of sixteen, he imagined what it would be like to travel alongside a light beam and this very idea blossomed to the contents he produced a decade later, the miracle year when he published five papers including the one on ‘Special Relativity’. Who knew his triumphs of 1905 would prove to be the foundation of 20th century physics, especially with the revered German science community getting all critical about his theories and his non conformity with classic absolute theories pioneered by Newton.
"Long live impudence. It is my guardian angel in this world. "
Einstein, the Jewish kid in Germany never could find company among his Christian classmates who often picked up on him. Lonely, he imagined about the usual occurrences in nature which left him immesresed unlike the others around him and soon he turned to math, dabbled in philosophy of Kant, Humeand Mach.
Philosophy would have a profound impact on Einstein’s outlook forever. The kid who amusingly had grown up religious in a family which distanced itself from religion, concluded the stories in Bibles were just stories. It is this reverence at the age of thirteen which made Einstein an opposition against any kind of authority throughout his life. The introduction of militarism at early age in Germany left him unpleasant and later in his life this authoritarian discipline would make him demit his first nationality.
"A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth."
Contempt towards authority was not limited to his religious and national faith. It would help Einstein to become, perhaps the greatest pioneer and thinker of 20th century. The theory of ‘special relativity’, the dual nature of light, the absence ofether, all these accomplishments had roots in minds distinct from Einstein, but they were always afraid of disruption and not conforming with the classical Newtonian physics. Einstein’s courage to believe in his thought experiments and to voice it against the Plancks, the Poincaires, the Lorentzes won him accolades which could have other names on it, had they been not authoritative of their imagination.
"It is important to foster individuality, for individuality can produce the new ideas."
Einstein rose to fame with his theory of relativity pressing the world towards not only a new science but surprisingly also towards a new ‘relativism’ in morality, art and politics. Einstein, himself found it hard to get acquainted to such associations gushing out from his theories. Nonetheless, the scientist exploded into stardom. Science and stardom, it never had happened before. Everybody wanted to catch a glimpse of the wild halo of hair and the twinkling eyes. His personality and humor soon made him a media magnet. But the scientist remained unpretentious and used his newly earned stardom to evoke his thoughts on peace, individuality and humanity.
Before Hitler ascended the throne of Germany and mercilessness and cruelty robbed the country of Jewish heritage, Einstein used his fame to promote Pacifism. He debated about a world free of weapons. He also supported many movements fighting on the lines of his new faith.
Hitler’s rise, the atom bomb and the world facing the threat of a second world war urged Einstein to spun off from his theory and till death he fought for an international organization which would exercise power and control over weaponries deployed by countries in war.
"I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
Einstein in his last years remained entangled with resisting Quantum Mechanics and finding an audience who understood world peace. Sad, he never achieved both, his insights helped the ordeals to refine itself and the responsible to think upon it.
Einstein made a life for himself which shines with non-conformity, faith in his own understandings of the world, love for all human, aversion to threats to free will.
For me, Einstein will always be the man who had his time in the search of an equation that would define the entire universe from the cosmos to the atoms and he never lost.