Last night, Dr Michael Shara, Curator, American Museum of Natural History, New York is talking about Einstein, his science and his life, during a public engagement talk.
“The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible” Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
His contribution to science and to humanity really was not matched by any other human being in his time. Had Einstein not lived it may have been a century till our modern technological society reached where it has today.
Why do we care about Einstein? What are the implications of his work? Well, he tackled some little problems in physics such as light, matter, time, energy and gravity.
Einstein was a contradiction. He was a pacifist, a socialist, not religious, and a warm and gentle man.
Initially when he graduated he was hired as a patent clerk. He wasn’t hired as a teacher because none of his professors could tolerate him. He did of course go on to win the Nobel Prize.
His true greatness was his work tackling the problems of space and time and establishing that energy and matter are the same thing.
The faster you move through space the slower you move through time. Time is not absolute, time is relative.
About 10 years later Einstein figured out how gravity works.
It was really interesting to hear about the science, but even more so to hear about Einstein the man.
Such a fantastic talk could only have been received with a resounding thank you from the audience.
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)