E=mc²

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Today’s mental workout for Superhero Tuesdays enshrines the greatest genius of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein. A man who rose up from humble beginnings to change the world, another case of it’s not where you start or how much you have, but how you finish. It was unclear from Einstein’s childhood that the young man would indeed seek to conquer the universe, in fact he had early trouble with the schooling system. The young Einstein appeared to put all his concentration into study of physics and math neglecting the other subjects which affected his overall academic performance. In fact he had a love-hate relationship with the formality of the educational system. While at Zurich Polytechnic in Switzerland, Einstein seldom attended lectures, he chose instead to conduct his own experiments and kept himself up-to-date with the latest advances in Physics. He adopted the same Leonardo da Vinci teach-yourself methods through experience of experimentation, trial and error. Having grown up during the turn of the century political climate, Einstein began to question all-authority in general. He believed that state authorities sought to deceive the youth through lies and forced indoctrination. Einstein also concluded the stories in the bible were highly unlikely, and presented just another tool for control of the masses. Einstein didn’t believe in the personal God of the bible, but saw the universe and God as identical entities, part of the Cosmos. Einstein was also a strong supporter of the notion of freethinking for everybody, but was well aware of the human propensity for violence and evil having experienced two world wars.

It’s remarkable that Einstein was unable to find a teaching post upon the completion of his diploma, it truly begs the question what is really going on within the circles of academia. Their loss was society’s gain, from his fall-back position as a patent assistant, he changed the way we see the world. At the onset of his scientific work, Einstein realized the inefficiencies of Newtonian mechanics. Therefore his special theory of relativity was derived from an attempt to reconcile the laws of mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field. Einstein solved classical problems of statistical mechanics and problems in which they were merged with quantum theory along. Along with his theory on light, Einstein provided new knowledge in physics and technology that have been the foundation for tremendous industrial and technical development of the century. Of course, Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity and his formula for the equivalence of mass and energy, E=mc² , changed forever our views on time and space, light and gravity, matter and energy. Einstein’s formula for success was "If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X+Y+Z. X is work, Y is play and Z is keep your mouth shut.” Z is something politicians should take under advisement. The story of Einstein resonates with everyone, follow your passion to change the world. Einstein was mis-diagnosed in school due to his speech impediment, he was somewhat of a late starter, it wasn’t really till he began to express himself through music did he unleash his genius to the world. Einstein challenged the conventional theories of the day choosing to learn for himself, he also concluded that there were many more math and scientific formulas that were wrong, but in today’s world we remain in the dark because money determines most things. The story of Einstein is that anybody can change the world regardless of where they start if they can apply themselves, it doesn't hurt if you are a genius too.