This Day in History: Albert Einstein born in Germany, Happy Pi Day

March 14, 2014 7:53 PM

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This Day in History: Albert Einstein born in Germany, Happy Pi Day

On March 14, 1879, Albert Einstein is born, the son of a Jewish electrical engineer in Ulm, Germany. Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity drastically altered man’s view of the universe, and his work in particle and energy theory helped make possible quantum mechanics and, ultimately, the atomic bomb.

Einstein thought that Newtonian mechanics was no longer enough to reconcile the laws of classical mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field. This led to the development of his special theory of relativity and the equation E=mc squared, a formula nearly everyone knows.

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