Albert Einstein’s Life, Greatest Theories, and Discoveries
Anthony Ambrosius Aurelius
“Albert Einstein once famously stated, “science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it”.
For Einstein, science was not an occupation or field of study, rather it was life itself. Einstein set out to understand the true nature of reality, or as he so elegantly phrased it, “to know God’s thoughts, because everything else amounted merely to details”. A mission which Einstein would valiantly pursue until the very end of his life.
On April 17, 1955, Einstein experienced a painful tightening of his chest which caused him to be admitted to Princeton Hospital. Physicians recommended immediate surgery to repair Einstein’s ruptured aortic artery, however Einstein refused. Einstein felt that it was tasteless to prolong life artificially and that he had performed his goals aside from the Grand Unified Theory. Einstein wanted to elegantly pass away with dignity and so upon his death bed at Princeton Hospital, he grabbed his notebook in the hopes of completing his life’s work of the past 30 years, a theory which promised to stitch human understanding of all of nature’s forces into a single mathematical tapestry. Driven by a supreme confidence that there was a master key which would unlock the code of the cosmos, a confidence radiating from a mind which had an almost supernatural ability to meld with the natural world.
When Einstein was a boy, he laid sick in bed. Einstein’s father Herman brought his son a compass and as Einstein lay ill, he played with the compass, trying to ascertain why the needle would move without the intervention of direct touch. This experience had a profound impression upon Einstein as he now understood that something deeply hidden, an unseen force, must shape, mold, and control the experience of reality.
It is a myth that Einstein was a poor student as historians have misunderstood the grading system used during Einstein’s adolescence. 1 was the lowest score and 6, the highest, however this system was inverted to make the highest score and 6, and 1 as the lowest. This is why the myth”