What Are Some Key Albert Einstein Facts for Kids?

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Key facts about Albert Einstein for kids include the scientist's status as one of history's most brilliant minds, his development of new ideas in the field of physics and his varied hobbies. Einstein created the famous equation that states that energy equals mass multiplied by the speed of light squared.

Albert Einstein was born into a German Jewish family on March 14, 1879 and died on April 18, 1955. As a young child, the future physicist already showed some ability in mathematics and science. His brilliant mind eventually led to his work on the theory of relativity, a theory that revolutionized how scientists understood the universe. Einstein also did work on the quantum theory of atomic motion in solids and deflection of light by gravity.

Einstein had many interests outside of physics. He was fond of music, especially classical music, and played both the piano and the violin. He purportedly once said that if he didn't work in physics he would have probably pursued a career in music. Despite his scientific mind, he also emphasized the role of imagination.

Einstein lived through tumultuous periods in world history, such as the rise of the Nazis. Einstein, being of Jewish blood, renounced his German citizenship in 1933.