As a boy and adult, Albert Einstein was a creative, intelligent and soft-spoken person who preferred solitude and immersing himself into elaborate constructions and thought problems over social interactions. He appeared aloof to many, but his concentration was in his work. Einstein always felt out of place at social gatherings and with friends and family. He treated his first wife Mileva Maric very poorly and flaunted his many affairs.Continue Reading
Little is known about Albert Einstein's early childhood and development. The young Einstein was certainly a reluctant talker, but there are mixed accounts of him learning to speak late in his life. He did extremely well in mathematics and creative subjects, but he had no interest in anything requiring only rote memorization or forcing one particular mode of thought onto students. As such, he did not fit in with the Prussian model of education at the time and spurned it. He did not take to new languages with ease, but Einstein was able to completely master his native German, strongly implying that he was not dyslexic.
To many of his peers and the majority of the general public, Albert Einstein was an enigmatic genius and celebrity scientist. Those who interacted with him personally often referred to him as forgetful and absent-minded. Einstein would later say that a glass plane existed between him and other people. He felt uncomfortable around them and was never himself. Some scholars have described this as a type of social anxiety. He even felt alienated from his family, always preferring solitude to familial interactions.Learn more about Inventions
Although Albert Einstein's theories laid the foundation for the creation of the atomic bomb, the only thing he really invented was a refrigerator. Invented in 1926 in conjunction with his former student Leo Szilard, the Einstein refrigerator did not require anything but a heat source for operation — it didn't even need electricity — and he received a patent for it.Full Answer >
Albert Einstein did not invent the atomic bomb. His work helped launch the Manhattan Project, a secret operation that ran from late 1941 to 1945. The U.S. government assembled a team of the world's foremost physicists to devise an atomic bomb before Germany or Japan could do the same.Full Answer >
The influence of Albert Einstein's theories of relativity is far reaching, from nuclear energy to GPS devices to our own notions of morality. His cultural impact is vast and nearly impossible to narrow down, and that's precisely what has earned him the title of one the most influential thinkers of our time.Full Answer >
Albert Einstein's greatest contribution to the world was his theory of relativity in which he described new ways of looking at time, space, matter, energy and gravity. His works also provided the basis for advances such as the control of atomic energy, space exploration and applications of light.Full Answer >