The Life of Albert Einstein
He was born to working-class parents whom later migrated to Milan, Italy when he was 15 years old. With Einstein thirst for knowledge and intellectual ability, his father expected him to become a mechanical engineer. However, in school, the teacher's complain about him being too slow to learn. He showed no interest in learning and following the education pattern existing at the time. His idea is illustrated in the following from Einstein and the Poet (1983),
Einstein had an exceptional independent learning ability. He discovered a geometry book at age 12 that he later refers to as 'holy booklet. From that point on, he became absorbed with math and self-taught himself many things.
What Made Him Special?
Albert Einstein contributed to four main areas of science. His contributions were made to Gravity, Light, Time and Energy. He then later published four groundbreaking scientific papers in 1905, known as the annus mirabilis (miracle year). He organized several explanations for the scientific community.
- He explained the Brownian motion that proves the existence of molecules.
- He illustrated the nature of time and space.
- He explained the dynamics of electrodynamics of Moving Bodies
- He explained light energy and their particles known as 'photons.' This idea changed the entire nature of light.
What Can We Learn From Albert Einstein?
Besides the great scientific discoveries made by Albert Einstein, his life journey left us with many valuable life lessons we can apply to our lives:
Appreciating present moment
We should live in the moment, and don't focus our energy on the future. The future isn't guaranteed, and the moment is all we have right now. So, it is essential to put our best effort and don't worry about tomorrow or the future. Live and enjoy the present moment! “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.” -Albert Einstein
There will be failures
Experiencing failure is part of growth and learning. The only approach to avoid failure is to remain the same without new ideas, which will lead to a boring and dull life. As Einstein quoted "The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas.” He stayed busy and was always engaging himself in many different experiments and encounter failure many times, and viewed his mistakes as learning opportunities and with persistence, and hard work he made groundbreaking discoveries.