‘If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?’
This famous quote from one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century proves that clumsiness can, indeed, be a sign of genius.
Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany, in 1879, to a Jewish family. Lazy and insubordinate but curious as a child he grew up to become the most brilliant and influential physician of the modern world.
In 1915, Einstein developed the general theory of relativity, which enabled a better explanation of the movement of planets around the Sun and also how gravity worked. The physician considered that as his lifetime achievement. In 1921, he was awarded a Nobel Prize for Physics, but since his theory of relativity was still not justified, he received it for explaining the photoelectric effect. However, even during his acceptance speech he was still proving it right.
In the next decade, with the growing power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, due to his origins Einstein’s ideas were labeled as ‘Jewish physics’. He lost his position at the university, was unable to promote his ideas and feared death. The scientist was forced to move to the USA and become an American citizen in a short time, in 1935. Among his various publications, probably the most famous one is the one introducing the equation E=mc2, which led to the development of atomic power. Roughly, the theory states that the tiniest particles of matter can be transformed to energy. Interestingly, he also devoted a significant part of his work to the aspects of wormholes, time travelling and the creation of the universe.
In 1955, Einstein experienced an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He refused the treatment, saying that he wants to accept his fate, as doing otherwise would be tasteless and artificial. ‘I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly’ were his last words. The scientist passed away on April 18th, 1955 in Princeton.