Albert Einstein's hobbies were sailing, reading and playing the violin and piano. He also wrote travel journals that are now held in the Albert Einstein Archives in Jerusalem.Continue Reading
Einstein owned several sailboats in his lifetime. He kept one in Caputh, Germany, that was seized along with his cottage in 1933 when the Nazis took power. When he lived in the United States, he owned a sailboat called Tinnef.
Einstein enjoyed reading and is quoted as saying that "Traktat" by David Humes had a big influence on him. He enjoyed classics, such as Don Quijote by Cervantes Saavedra and books with a scientific bent, including "Energy and Matter" by Ludwig Büchners and Aaron Bernstein's "Natural-Scientific Popular Books." He also read books by the philosophers Spinoza and Schopenhauer.
Einstein began taking violin lessons at an early age, discovering Mozart at age 13. He was known to play for friends, in small gatherings or with his friend, fellow physicist Max Planck. Einstein enjoyed playing the violin, although opinions differ on his talent level. According to a book by Ze'ev Rosenkranz, Einstein was modest about his ability but still enjoyed playing. As he became older, he switched to piano because he no longer liked the way he played violin. Aside from Mozart, his favorite composers were Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli and Schubert. He was quoted as saying that he would probably have become a musician if he had not become a physicist.Learn more about Middle Ages
Albert Einstein died at the age of 76 on April 18, 1955. He suffered from an abdominal aortic aneurysm that caused internal bleeding. He was taken to the hospital but refused treatment and died the next morning.Full Answer >
Albert Einstein was a pioneering scientist and physicist, most famous for his theory of relativity, who made several breakthroughs in scientific understanding of time and space, explains Planet Science. Many also credit him with being the father of modern physics. Einstein's works include developing an understanding of photons and showing that all matter is composed of atoms.Full Answer >
Albert Einstein's major contributions to science include the theory of relativity, the origins of quantum theory and the theory of critical opalescence. Some of his awards and honors include the Copley Medal, the Franklin Medal and the Nobel Prize in physics.Full Answer >
Albert Einstein died of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Taken to the University Medical Center at Princeton, he refused treatment, arguing that he wanted to end his life "elegantly." His death occurred on April 18, 1955.Full Answer >