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Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐt ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] ; 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist, widely held to be one of the greatest and most influential scientists of all time. Best known for developing the theory of relativity, he also made important contributions to quantum mechanics, and was thus a central figure in the revolutionary reshaping of the scientific understanding of nature that modern physics accomplished in the first decades of the twentieth century. His mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which arises from relativity theory, has been called "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. In a 1999 poll of 130 leading physicists worldwide by the British journal Physics World, Einstein was ranked the greatest physicist of all time. His intellectual achievements and originality have made Einstein synonymous with genius.In 1905, a year sometimes described as his annus mirabilis (miracle year), Einstein published four groundbreaking papers. These outlined a theory of the photoelectric effect, explained Brownian motion, introduced his special theory of relativity—a theory which addressed the inability of classical mechanics to account satisfactorily for the behavior of the electromagnetic field—and demonstrated that if the special theory is correct, mass and energy are equivalent to each other. In 1915, he proposed a general theory of relativity that extended his system of mechanics to incorporate gravitation. A cosmological paper that he published the following year laid out the implications of general relativity for the modeling of the structure and evolution of the universe as a whole. The middle part of his career also saw him making important contributions to statistical mechanics and quantum theory. Especially notable was his work on the quantum physics of radiation, in which light consists of particles, subsequently called photons. For much of the last phase of his academic life, Einstein worked on two endeavors that proved ultimately unsuccessful. Firstly, he fought a long rearguard action against quantum theory's introduction of fundamental randomness into science's picture of the world, objecting that "God does not play dice". Secondly, he attempted to devise a unified field theory by generalizing his geometric theory of gravitation to include electromagnetism too. As a result, he became increasingly isolated from the mainstream of modern physics. Born in the German Empire, Einstein moved to Switzerland in 1895, forsaking his German citizenship (as a subject of the Kingdom of Württemberg) the following year. In 1897, at the age of seventeen, he enrolled in the mathematics and physics teaching diploma program at the Swiss Federal polytechnic school in Zürich, graduating in 1900. In 1901, he acquired Swiss citizenship, which he kept for the rest of his life. In 1903, he secured a permanent position at the Swiss Patent Office in Bern. In 1905, he submitted a successful PhD dissertation to the University of Zurich. In 1914, he moved to Berlin in order to join the Prussian Academy of Sciences and the Humboldt University of Berlin. In 1917, he became director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics; he also became a German citizen again, this time as a subject of the Kingdom of Prussia. In 1933, while he was visiting the United States, Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany. Horrified by the Nazi "war of extermination" against his fellow Jews, Einstein decided to remain in the US, and was granted American citizenship in 1940. On the eve of World War II, he endorsed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt alerting him to the potential German nuclear weapons program and recommending that the US begin similar research. Einstein supported the Allies but generally viewed the idea of nuclear weapons with great dismay. Life and career Childhood, youth and education Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, in the Kingdom of Württemberg in the German Empire, on 14 March 1879. His parents, secular Ashkenazi Jews, were Hermann Einstein, a salesman and engineer, and Pauline Koch. In 1880, the family moved to Munich, where Einstein's father and his uncle Jakob founded Elektrotechnische Fabrik J. Einstein & Cie, a company that manufactured electrical equipment based on direct current.Albert attended a Catholic elementary school in Munich from the age of five. When he was eight, he was transferred to the Luitpold-Gymnasium (now known as the Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium) where he received advanced primary and then secondary school education.In 1894, Hermann and Jakob's company tendered for a contract to install electric lighting in Munich, but without success—they lacked the capital that would have been required to update their technology from direct current to the more efficient, alternating current alternative. The failure of their bid forced them to sell their Munich factory and search for new opportunities elsewhere. The Einstein family moved to Italy, first to Milan and a few months later to Pavia, where they settled in Palazzo Cornazzani. Einstein, then fifteen, stayed behind in Munich in order to finish his schooling. His father wanted him to study electrical engineering, but he was a fractious pupil who found the Gymnasium's regimen and teaching methods far from congenial. He later wrote that the school's policy of strict rote learning was harmful to creativity. At the end of December 1894, a letter from a doctor persuaded the Luitpold's authorities to release him from its care, and he joined his family in Pavia. While in Italy as a teenager, he wrote an essay entitled "On the Investigation of the State of the Ether in a Magnetic Field".Einstein excelled at physics and mathematics from an early age, and soon acquired the mathematical expertise normally only found in a child several years his senior. He began teaching himself algebra, calculus and Euclidean geometry when he was twelve; he made such rapid progress that he discovered an original proof of the Pythagorean theorem before his thirteenth birthday. A family tutor, Max Talmud, said that only a short time after he had given the twelve year old Einstein a geometry textbook, the boy "had worked through the whole book. He thereupon devoted himself to higher mathematics ... Soon the flight of his mathematical genius was so high I could not follow." Einstein recorded that he had "mastered integral and differential calculus" while still just fourteen. His love of algebra and geometry was so great that at twelve, he was already confident that nature could be understood as a "mathematical structure". At thirteen, when his range of enthusiasms had broadened to include music and philosophy, Einstei.... Discover the Albert Einstein popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Albert Einstein books.

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    Jürgen Neffe & Shelley Frisch

    Albert Einstein is an icon of the twentieth century. Born in Ulm, Germany, in 1879, he is most famous for his theory of relativity. He also made enormous contributions to quantum m...

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    A Biography of Albert Einstein


    Tidels makes way for Exceptional Learners. With over a million books downloaded worldwide, Tidels empower kids to learn, read and explore the world.   Albert Einstein (1...

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    Margaret Peterson Haddix

    Jonah and Katherine come face to face with Albert Einstein in the fifth book of the New York Times bestselling The Missing series.Jonah and Katherine are accustomed to traveling th...

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    Be Fearless

    Jean Case

    Be Fearless is researchedbased call to action for those seeking to live extraordinary lives and bring about transformational change.LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER NATIONAL BESTSELLE...

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    Driving Mr. Albert

    Michael Paterniti

    Albert Einstein's brain floats in a Tupperware bowl in a gray duffel bag in the trunk of a Buick Skylark barreling across America. Driving the car is journalist Michael Paternit...

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    DK Life Stories Albert Einstein

    Wil Mara

    In this kids' biography, follow the remarkable life story of Albert Einstein, whose legendary genius and creative imagination made him one of the world's most famous thinkers.Alber...

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    Final Theory

    Mark Alpert

    A science professor on the run must find a lost Einstein theoryand keep it from those who might use it to destroy the universe. Don’t miss the “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) doomsd...

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    The Collected Works of Albert Einstein

    Albert Einstein

    This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works or all the significant works the Œuvre of this famous and brilliant writer in one ebook easytoread and easytonavigate: Rela...

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    The Albert Einstein Collection Volume Two

    Albert Einstein

    From revealing, personal letters to brilliant essays on the nature of science, these three volumes demonstrate the breadth of Einstein’s thought. The man who became famous for conc...

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    Albert Einstein

    Amar Chitra Katha

    Albert Einstein He never stopped questioning When Albert Einstein was a very young boy, his teachers and his father despaired about his apparent lack of interest in studies. To to...

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    Ideas And Opinions

    Albert Einstein

    A collection of insightful and thought provoking essays from one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth centuryA new edition of the most definitive collection of Albert Einstein...

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    I am Albert Einstein

    Brad Meltzer & Christopher Eliopoulos

    "We can all be heroes" is the message entertainingly told in this New York Times Bestselling picturebook biography series, with this one highlighting Albert Einstein (Cover ma...

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    Albert Einstein

    Luis de la Peña

    Luis de la Peña habla aquí de Einstein, de su obra, de su tiempo, y explica con claridad las aportaciones del sabio al mundo de la física. Esta investigación está dirigida a aquell...

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    My Brief History

    Stephen Hawking

    NATIONAL BESTSELLERStephen Hawking has dazzled readers worldwide with a string of bestsellers exploring the mysteries of the universe. Now, for the first time, perhaps the most bri...

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    The Bastard Brigade

    Sam Kean

    From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes the gripping, untold story of a renegade group of scientists and spies determined to keep Adolf Hitler from obtaining the ulti...

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    Albert Einstein

    Andrew Knight & TBD

    ALBERT EINSTEIN  Albert Einstein will forever be remembered as one of the world's greatest minds. His achievements are numerous, and his life story is an incredible one. Einst...

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    Our Crime Was Being Jewish

    Anthony S. Pitch & Michael Berenbaum

    In the shouted words of a woman bound for Auschwitz to a man about to escape from a cattle car, “If you get out, maybe you can tell the story! Who else will tell it?”Our Crime Was ...

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    Works of Albert Einstein

    Albert Einstein

    This collection was designed for optimal navigation on iPad and other electronic devices. It is indexed alphabetically, chronologically and by category, making it easier to access...

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    The Omega Theory

    Mark Alpert

    “T he wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid. And a child shall lead them.” She smiled. “That’s you, Michael. That’s why Brother Cyrus needs yo...

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    Tuxedo Park

    Jennet Conant

    A New York Times bestseller! The untold story of the eccentric Wall Street tycoon and the circle of scientific geniuses who helped build the atomic bomb and defeat the Nazischangin...

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    A Brief History of Time

    Stephen Hawking

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How di...

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    Albert Einstein, The Human Side

    Albert Einstein, Helen Dukas & Banesh Hoffmann

    Modesty, humor, compassion, and wisdom are the traits most evident in this illuminating selection of personal papers from the Albert Einstein Archives. The illustrious physicist wr...

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    Einstein and the Rabbi

    Naomi Levy

    Winner of the 2017 Nautilus Award in the Religion/Spirituality of Western Thought category A bestselling author and rabbi’s profoundly affecting exploration of the meaning and purp...

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    Through Two Doors at Once

    Anil Ananthaswamy

    One of Smithsonian's Favorite Books of 2018One of Forbes's 2018 Best Books About Astronomy, Physics and MathematicsOne of Kirkus's Best Books of 2018 The intellectual adventure sto...

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    Black Holes

    Stephen Hawking

    The legendary physicist explores his favorite subject in a pair of enlightening, accessible, and cleverly illustrated essays for curious readers, originally delivered as BBC lectur...

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    Albert Einstein

    Rob de Ruiter

    This book is about some very nice quotes from Albert Einstein. The German born physicist who developed the general theory of relativity and was the winner of the Nobel prize in 192...

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    The Big Picture

    Sean Carroll

    The instant New York Times bestseller about humanity's place in the universeand how we understand it.“Vivid...impressive....Splendidly informative.”The New York Times“Succeeds...

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    Albert Einstein


    Dive deep into the story of Albert Einstein's life anywhere you go: on a plane, on a mountain, in a canoe, under a tree. Or grab a flashlight and read Shmoop under the covers. Shmo...

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    Steve Sheinkin

    Perfect for middle grade readers and history enthusiasts, New York Times bestselling author Steve Sheinkin presents the fascinating and frightening true story of the creation behin...

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    Albert Einstein

    Marie Hammontree

    Before Albert Einstein was an internationally renowned genius, he was a kidlearn all about his childhood and what makes him an allstar in American history!Albert Einstein is a hous...

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    The End of Everything

    Katie Mack


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    The Albert Einstein Collection Volume One

    Albert Einstein

    Three captivating volumes reveal how Einstein viewed both the physical universe and the everyday world in which he lived. A century after his theory of general relativity shook the...

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    Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids

    Jerome Pohlen

    Best known for his general theory of relativity and the famous equation linking mass and energy, E = mc², Albert Einstein had a lasting impact on the world of science, the extent o...

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    Walter Isaacson

    By the author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein. How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isa...

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    109 East Palace

    Jennet Conant

    From the bestselling author of Tuxedo Park, the extraordinary story of the thousands of people who were sequestered in a military facility in the desert for twentyseven intense mon...

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    Albert Einstein

    Kathleen Krull & Boris Kulikov

    "Another standout in a uniformly stellar series.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review“[An] engrossing and remarkably accessible biography.” The Horn Book Albert Einstein. His name ...