posted 28 Nov 2010, 04:24 by Sam Mbale
updated 28 Nov 2010, 04:26
Albert Einstein without question remains a significant part
of history. Throughout the course of his lifetime, he
contributed to several breakthroughs and inventions.
Although many are documented, surely there are a few missed
at some point. In any case, here is a review of some of the
inventions notable to Albert Einstein's life.
A Brief History
Albert Einstein continues to exist as one of the greatest
physicists ever known. The man of supreme scientific
intelligence arrived into this world on March 14, 1879 in
Germany. Ultimately, he advanced the world's way of thinking
in regards to the physical world.
Six weeks following his birth, his family left
Württemberg for Munich. This became the location where
he started his early academics. His father, Hermann Einstein
worked as an engineer and salesperson. When he was five, his
father gave him a compass. Many attribute this time in his
life as the starting point for his success as an adult. His
father's gift led to an early fascination with trying to
discover why the compass always pointed north.
Albert Einstein attended the University of Zurich, receiving
his doctorate in 1905. This followed a presentation on his
theoretical dissertation, which introduced a novel type of
calculation for determining the size of molecules. The same
year also became his most successful year with making
Albert Einstein's Inventions
Most of Einstein's inventions were rather discoveries and
theories. Regardless, his accomplishments throughout history
are many. In general, most of his contributions were to the
four major areas of science. These areas are known as
energy, gravity, light, and time.
The Brownian motion is among the first of Albert Einstein's
contributions. Originally, in 1827 the botanist Robert Brown
discovered floating plant spores in motion under a
microscope. From this, he postulated that the random
movement related to molecules hitting the spores. However,
Einstein became the first to offer statistical predictions
in support of the random distribution and the motion of
particles in fluid. Later experiments confirmed his theory.
Special Theory of Relativity
Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity provided one of the
first dependable explanations on the interaction of
radiation and matter when observed concurrently by
bystanders moving at a consistent speed and the bystanders
at standstill. He based this theory according to the
principle of relativity. From this, he derived the correct
description of physical events within various inertial
frames of reference. This lead to his creating the famous
Einstein's inventions after 1905
1911 - Why Is the Sky Blue?
Einstein determined this in 1911 by determining the detailed
formulas calculations for light dispersion from molecules.
Later this was confirmed by the experiment "Why Is the Sky
1916 - General Theory of Relativity
In 1916, Einstein expanded on his special theory of
relativity. In turn, this resulted in the general theory of
relativity. By doing this, it allowed for the theories
application across uniform and non-uniform systems of
motion. Ultimately, the general theory is concerned with the
large-scale affects of gravitation.
Essentially, the theory determines the equivalence of
inertial and gravitational mass. It further allows for a
deeper understanding on a gravitational field forms by
curvatures produced in space-time time material bodies,
which is further determined by its curvature. Ultimately, it
gives a deeper understanding into the meaning of gravity.
1921 - Law of Photoelectric effect
He discovered this law through his general theory of
1924 - Bose-Einstein Condensate
The Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC) has to do with the phase
of matter relating to solid gas, liquid, and plasma. This
resulted when the 1924 Indian physicist Satyendra Nath Bose
sent a paper to Einstein on the Pank Law from which Einstein
generalized the theory to an ideal gas of identical atoms or
molecules in which the numbers of particles are conserved.
Within the same year, he predicted that at extremely low
temperatures the particles would lock together or overlap in
the lowest quantum state of the system, resulting in the Bose
1926 - Einstein Refrigerator
The refrigerator he invented in 1926 worked as an absorption
refrigerator and required no moving parts or electricity to
operate. All it required was heat to work. Therefore, it
only needed something such as a small gas burner. His former
student jointly helped with his invention of the
Overall, Albert Einstein lived as one of the most acclaimed
physicists of our time. Ultimately, he lived as a great
thinker, discoverer, and inventor. The above are just a
handful of how many theories and inventions he created.
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