Albert Einstein: A Pillar of Modern Physics

By | August 31, 2019


He is known as one of the most intelligent
men to walk this earth, yet his private life was nothing short of chaotic. He was the world’s most celebrated scientist,
yet he shunned the limelight. He ushered in the atomic age, yet he was a
lifelong pacifist. In this week’s Biographics, we delve into
the contradictory life of Albert Einstein. Early Life Hermann and Pauline Einstein, a Jewish couple
married three years earlier, welcomed their first child, Albert, on March 14, 1879. Six weeks after his birth they moved from
Ulm, Germany, to Munich, as a result of failed business endeavours. In Munich, Hermann joined forces with his
brother in an electrical engineering business which was propped up by Pauline’s parents. Three years later they had their second child,
Maria. With the influence of his musically talented
mother, Albert started musical studies at the age of five, learning the piano and then
the violin the following year. Einstein developed an appreciation for music
at an early age, and later wrote: “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of music.” He was enrolled in a Catholic school in 1885,
switching over to the more advanced “Luitpold-Gymnasium” in 1888, now known as the Albert Einstein
Gymnasium. He proved to be an adequate, but by no means
an outstanding student. By 1894, the electrical manufacturing business
that Albert’s father and uncle ran was facing seriously difficulty. For the last decade they had been making DC
current componentry. But now C current was gaining ascendancy and
demand for their services had dried up. With no incoming coming in, Hermann made the
decision to move the family to Italy, where job prospects looked brighter. However, 15-year-old Albert stayed behind
to complete his schooling in Munich. Albert did not enjoy his schooling and often
butted heads with the strict rote teachers. He chafed at the strict discipline and the
lack of freedom for creative thought. The subjects that were taught to him held
no interest – except for mathematics. He had a natural affinity with the subject
and quickly mastered the work that was presented to him. A Physics Prodigy From around the age of twelve, Albert began
teaching himself advanced mathematical concepts, starting with algebra. His father engaged a tutor, Max Talmud, but
soon Albert was out-thinking even him. Talmud presented the boy with a geometry textbook. He later commented . . . “[Einstein] had worked through the whole book. He thereupon devoted himself to higher mathematics… Soon the flight of his mathematical genius
was so high I could not follow.” Einstein started teaching himself calculus
at 12, and as a 14 year old he says he had “mastered integral and differential calculus”. Soon after his family’s move to Italy, Einstein
forged a doctor’s note which convinced the principal of the Luitpold Gymnasium to allow
him to quit the school and join his family in Italy. He still had a year to go before completing
his required schooling. In an attempt to skive out of attending his
last year of high school, Albert took an entrance exam at “The Swiss Federal Polytechnic University”
in Zurich. He came out with excellent results in Maths
and Physics but failed in every other subject. His scores in physics and maths were so outstanding
that they caught the eye of the school’s principal. He encouraged the family to send Albert to
the renowned “Kantonsschule” school in Aarau, Switzerland, to increase his knowledge. It was arranged for the seventeen-year-old
to stay with the family of the professor of the school, Jost Winteler. During his year with the Winteler’s, Albert
fell in love with Winteler’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Marie Winteler. They had a brief romance, which came to an
end when Marie moved to Olsberg to start her teaching career. University and Marriage Having found his academic passion, Albert
applied himself to his studies in Switzerland. He passed the Swiss Matura with outstanding
grades in physics and mathematics and then reapplied to the ” Swiss Polytechnic University”
in Zurich. This time he passed and was admitted into
a four-year physics and mathematics teaching diploma program. It was around this time that Albert also renounced
his German citizenship in order to avoid the compulsory military training that he would
face in a few months when he turned eighteen. Albert soon became friends with the only girl
in his class, Mileva Maric. They both shared a love for science, being
at the top of their class. Mileva spent a semester in Heidelberg, Germany. While she was away, she and Einstein wrote
each other almost every day. Once she returned, their friendship turned
into a relationship. Einstein’s parents opposed the union due to
the difference in religion, culture, and age. As the couple’s relationship flourished,
Mileva started to struggle in her studies. In 1900, Einstein passed the final exam, but
Mileva failed. Afterward, she worked at raising her knowledge
so she could retake the test. It was around this time that she found out
that she was pregnant. Meliva decided to move in with her parents. In early 1902, she gave birth to their daughter,
Lieserl. No one is sure what happened to Mileva and
Albert’s daughter, with many thinking she was either adopted or died of Scarlet Fever. Albert struggled to find a teaching position
following his graduation. This was partly due to the fact that he had
alienated many of his tutors over the four years of his studies. He gave off the impression that they had little
of value to impart to him and preferred to do his own independent study. He finally secured a job but one that was
totally unrelated to his course of study, and thought by his contemporaries to be below
him. Having gained his Swiss citizenship, he became
eligible to work for the Swiss government. He secured a position as a clerk in the Swiss
Patent Office for Intellectual Property. The Patent Office Einstein’s job was to assess patent applications
for all manner of devices. Quite a number of the patent applications
involved the transmission of electric signals and the electro-mechanical synchronization
of time. These concepts gelled with Einstein’s area
of personal fascination and served as the impetus for his investigations exploring the
nature of light and the relationship between space and time. While his days were filled with the analysis
of patent applications, Einstein spent his evenings working on his scientific theories. He started a discussion group with a few friends,
Conrad Habicht and Maurice Solovine, that he called ‘the Olympia Academy’. Albert and Mileva reunited in 1903 and got
married that same year. The couple went on to have two sons, Hans,
born in 1904, and Eduard, who arrived in 1910. The Miracle Year 1905 was a turning point for Albert Einstein. Over the last couple of years, he had been
building a reputation as an up and coming intellect among the scientific community. In April of 1905, he completed his thesis,
in association with a Professor of Experimental Physics by the name of Alfred Kleiner. Einstein received a Ph.D from Zurich University
shortly thereafter. During the second half of 1905, Albert produced
four scientific papers. The subjects of his dissertations were Photoelectric
Effect, Brownian Motion, Special Relativity, and The Equivalence of Mass & Energy. Each of them was received enthusiastically
by the intelligentsia. However, it was the fourth paper that gave
the world its most famous equation . . . E=MC2 E stands for Energy, M for mass and C2 for
the speed of light times itself. What it meant in practical terms was that
mass could be changed into energy and vice versa. As a result, tiny packets of mass could be
converted into huge bursts of energy. The 26-year-old Einstein had, with the publication
of his paper on the equivalency of mass and energy ushered in the atomic age. Among those who heaped praise upon Einstein
for his work was one of the most pre-eminent quantum theorists of the day, Max Planck from
Germany. His backing gave Albert instant credibility. He began receiving speaking requests from
all over Switzerland, along with offers of teaching positions. His days at the patent office were over. So, this is a biography channel, we’re not
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took up a position as a lecturer at the University of Bern in 1908. During that year he returned to his alma mater,
the University of Zurich. The university authorities were so taken with
the budding genius that they created a position just for him, as an associate professor in
their theoretical physics department. He transferred there from Bern University
in 1909. Two years later, Einstein gained a full professorship
when he took up a position at the Charles-Ferdinand University in Prague. To take up the position, he had to take out
Austrian citizenship. But he would only remain in the position for
twelve months. Over that time, he published a total of eleven
scientific papers. Then, in 1912, he returned to the University
of Zurich where he took up a full professorship in the theoretical physics department. He was able to work alongside his long-time
friend and collaborator Marcel Grossman. As well as teaching the laws of thermodynamics,
he also lectured on analytical mechanics. That same year Einstein began an extra-marital
affair with his first cousin, Elsa Lowenthal. Einstein was not there much for his family,
putting all his time and energy into his work and research. For several years he had been emotionally
distant from Mileva. Recently, letters were found that he wrote
in 1910 to his first love, Marie Winteler. In them, he professed his undying love for
her and lamented the life that they had missed out on together. Settling in Germany In 1914, Einstein uprooted his family yet
again as he took up a position at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics located at the
University of Berlin. He would remain in Germany for the next 19
years and was soon was appointed director of the Institute. The position gave him professorship without
teaching duties, which afforded him time to work on his scientific studies. Another major draw for the return to Germany
was that it allowed him to be closer to his mistress, Elsa. Towards the end of 1914, Mileva moved back
to Zurich with her sons, after finding out about her husband’s affair and coming to the
realization that Albert was not a capable family man. Einstein divorced Mileva in April of 1919. Then in June, he married his cousin, Elsa. In 1916, Einstein published his theory of
general relativity. This was a groundbreaking achievement in the
world of physics. It theorized that what we see as the force
of gravity actually results from the curvature of space and time. As a result, the earth is not actually being
pulled toward the sun by gravity but the interaction of space and time which dictates how the earth
moves. Einstein predicted that light from another
star would be bent by the Sun’s gravity. During a solar eclipse in 1919, that prediction
was confirmed. The publicity that surrounded the confirmation
of his theory went round the globe and, for the first time, the name Albert Einstein became
known worldwide. Worldwide Fame In the early 1920’s, Einstein became a celebrity
among the scientific community in America. He was invited to New York to kick off a three-week
lecture tour in April, 1921. He lectured at Columbia and Princeton, among
other places of learning. He also managed to get in a tour of the White
House. Einstein’s first impression of America was
a positive one. Shortly after his return, he published an
essay called, ‘My First Impressions of America’. In it, he wrote . . . What strikes a visitor is the joyous, positive
attitude to life … The American is friendly, self-confident, optimistic, and without envy. In 1921, Einstein’s popularity reached a
new high when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics. Because his theories on general and special
relativity were not yet widely accepted, the award was given for his explanation of the
photoelectric effect. Throughout the 1920’s Albert and Elsa undertook
a number of international tours that saw them being received in such far flung places as
Singapore, Japan and Palestine. In December, 1930, he made a second trip to
the United States. This time he wanted to fly under the radar,
feeling that he had received far too much attention on his first visit. But try as he may, he still found himself
being overwhelmed with offers to speak and invitations to receive awards. All of them were turned down. However, when he tried to slip into New York
City, he couldn’t avoid the celebrity of being awarded the keys to the city by Mayor
Jim Walker. When he visited the New York Riverside Church
he was surprised to find that the congregants had created a life-sized statue of him. He then moved on to California, where he was
introduced to a number of movie stars, including Charlie Chaplin. The two men remained lifelong friends. On one occasion, Chaplin and Einstein appeared
together in public to great applause. Einstein turned to Chaplin and said . . . They are cheering us both. To this, Chaplin replied . . . They are applauding you because none of them
understands you and applauding me because everybody understands me. Leaving Germany Back in Germany things were beginning to look
ominous. With the rise of the Nazi party, the rights
of Jews rapidly diminished. They were no longer permitted to hold positions
of authority, so Einstein was removed from his directorship of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. Despite being the most famous scientist on
the planet, he couldn’t even teach in the local secondary school. While he was on an overseas tour, his home
was raided by the Gestapo. In February 1933, Einstein was on another
tour of the United States with Elsa. With Adolf Hitler having been proclaimed Chancellor
of Germany just a few weeks earlier, Albert knew that there was no future for him in the
country of his birth. The couple sailed to Belgium in March. Upon arrival in Antwerp, Einstein went directly
to the German consulate and renounced his German citizenship. The Nazis later sold his boat and converted
his cottage into a Hitler Youth camp. The Einstein’s rented a house in De Haan,
Belgium for a couple of months. During that time, news of the Nazi book burnings
reached them. It was reported that all of Albert’s writings
had been consumed in the flames. A German magazine published a list of enemies
of the state which included Einstein. Alongside his name was the caption ‘not
yet hanged’ offering a $5,000 bounty on his head. In July, 1933, Einstein was invited to London
for six weeks at the request of an old British naval officer friend. While there, he had an audience with Winston
Churchill. He asked for British assistance to bring as
many Jewish scientists out of Germany as possible. Winston was immediately receptive. Over the coming years, Einstein used his influence
to arrange for placements of more than a thousand scientists in teaching positions at universities
outside of Germany. On his return to Belgium, Einstein was offered
a resident scholarship at Princeton University. In October, 1933 he and Elsa sailed again
for the United States. Einstein took up the position at Princeton
University in the Institute for Advanced Study. In 1935, he was granted permanent residency
in America. His US citizenship was granted in 1940. In 1935 a new tribulation arose for Einstein. His wife Elsa was diagnosed with heart and
kidney problems. The following year she died. This was to be his biggest trial yet. Albert was not one to show his emotions. It was said by his friend, Peter Bucky, that
Einstein even shed a tear after Elsa’s passing. Throughout their whole friendship, he had
never seen Albert cry once before this moment. The Atomic Bomb In 1939, a couple of young Hungarian scientists
named Leo Szilard and the discovered the science behind an atomic bomb. They tried informing those in positions of
power, but they had no influence, so they were ignored. Then they decided to reach out to someone
who would have credibility with those in high power. That was when they contacted Einstein. Szilard and Wigner explained their theory
to Einstein, and he was quick to understand the concept. Szilard wrote a letter to President Roosevelt
with Einstein’s signature on it. The letter urged America to create the first
Atomic Bomb before Germany did. It is generally agreed that the addition of
Einstein’s signature was a key influencer in President Roosevelt’s adoption of the
atomic bomb development project that was known as the Manhattan Project. The US Government launched the Manhattan Project
in December, 1941. Amazingly, Einstein’s application to be
a part of the project was turned down. The reason that the originator of the theory
upon which the bomb was based was denied access to the program was that he was a German and
there were those who thought that he might be a spy for the Nazis. On August 6 and 9th, 1945, the Atomic Bomb
was used on the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing at least 129,000 people. Five months prior his death, Albert said that
his greatest mistake in life was signing the letter to President Roosevelt concerning the
Atomic Bomb . . . “I made one great mistake in my life… when
I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made; but
there was some justification – the danger that the Germans would make them.” Einstein was never comfortable about his fame. He once said… In the past it never occurred to me that every
casual remark of mine would be snatched up and recorded. Otherwise I would have crept further into
my shell. By the time he was settled into his life in
America, however, he realized that he was able to use his celebrity status as a vehicle
toward promoting important causes. Einstein had been a life-long pacifist and
humanitarian. Now he used his platform to bring these causes
to the fore. During the 1940’s, he gave his support to
the cause of civil right in the United States. He considered racism to be the ‘worst disease’
in America. He joined the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and became friendly with civil rights activists
W.E.B DuBois. When DuBois was arrested in 1951, Einstein’s
offer to be a character witness was enough to get the case dismissed. In 1946, he was awarded an honorary degree
from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, which was the first in America to award degrees
to Black students. He considered racism America’s “worst disease,”
seeing it as “handed down from one generation to the next”. Einstein also spoke out against anti-Semitism. He developed a friendship with the first prime
minister of the new state of Israel, David Ben Gurion. Regarding prejudice against Jews in various
parts of the world, he said . . . There are no German Jews, there are no Russian
Jews, there are no American Jews… There are in fact only Jews. The End of Einstein He did not believe in a personal God who concerns
himself with the actions of humans. He did say, however, that “I am not an atheist”,
preferring to call himself an agnostic. When asked if he believed in an afterlife,
Einstein quipped, “No. And one life is enough for me.” And that life would end on the 17th of April
1955, at the age of 76. He had been suffering from internal bleeding
caused by the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which had previously been reinforced
surgically. The night before his passing at Princeton
Hospital, when offered surgery Einstein said, “I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share; it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.” In a memorial lecture in 1965, nuclear physicist
J. Robert Oppenheimer summarized his impression of Einstein: “He was almost wholly without
sophistication and wholly without worldliness … There was always with him a wonderful
purity at once childlike and profoundly stubborn.”

100 thoughts on “Albert Einstein: A Pillar of Modern Physics

  1. Niek Jansen Post author

    Hey man, love your videos! i was wondering if you could do a biographics episode on Ivan the Terrible

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  2. David Gustavsson Post author

    Does it bother anyone else that Simon keeps saying "A, he did B" instead of "A did B"?

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  3. Dexter Whit Post author

    Albert Einstein was a fraud!! Lol JK.
    But could you guys do a biography of Ub Iwerks the guy who really drew up Mortimer (Mickey) Mouse?

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  4. Saltiesaltieproductions Post author

    Can you a day about Stephen the great, or Ion Antonescu, or Vlad Impaler?

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  5. Kelton Rynard Post author

    I love being recommended Brilliant to better understand Einstienian Physics when I'm literally in school for particle physics

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  6. creepy whiteTrash Post author

    You are on south park Mr. Whistler! Season 21, episode 1 after 15 minutes in, to the right side of Randy marsh while he is singing, (his left) the guy is even wearing a blue T shirt! Please reply telling me what you think!

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  7. Paul Wattendorff Post author

    Calling Einstein a livelong pacifist is a littlebit missleading, he signed a letter in support of the great war on behalf of germany.
    I think it's importent to remember the good as also the bad sides of a human, not just gloryfy him, particulary if he is considered an idol for many people.

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  8. Jeff McArthur Post author

    I know you guys did an episode of "Today I Found Out" on Richard Hart, Al Capone's long-lost brother. However, if you ever decide to do an episode about him on Biographics, let me know. I can help you with that. I'm a fan of yours and I wrote the book about him.

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  9. Peter Gotfredson Post author

    you should do on about Walter Munk, he just passed away at age 101

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  10. Draeas Post author

    Alistair Crowley "The wickedest man on earth".
    I am going to keep commenting this until you make the video guys!

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  11. turtle 6 Post author

    Weird that you chose not to mention his travel diaries from the 20s where he said, among other xenophobic things, that the "Chinese are incapable of being trained to think logically…"

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  12. Scotty Gee TV Post author

    If I could make a few suggestions. Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, Jim Morrison. Thank you for the great channel!

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  13. MikDan 88 Post author

    'Max Talmud'? That sounds like the name of a Jewish superhero.

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  14. FrÜt Post author

    Weren't his last words spoken in German to an American nurse? Meaning we dont know what his final words were

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  15. Karl P Post author

    E = MC2 doesn't mean anything. It's just what people have known since the 18th Century. The only mathematical equations that make nuclear power possible is Quantum Theory / Quantum Mechanics (Max Planck). Einstein doesn't actually contribute anything to modern technology or understanding.

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  16. Jack Wiseley Post author

    I think covering Bobby Sands would be interesting as irish history isn't covered a whole lot and his life and actions and some of the most striking and poignant of the 20th century

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  17. James Wilson Post author

    The truth is emerging about Einstein. An enormous fraud and plagiarist who stole his theories from genuine European scientists and then passed them off as his own. History is losing respect for this hoaxer as the truth slowly comes to light..

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  18. James Wilson Post author

    Einstein was also a psychopath who called for the genocide of the German people. Men, women, and children. Hardly a role model for anyone in a civilized world.

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  19. Nadhila C Post author

    could you perhaps do vincent van gogh? :)) love your videos!

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  20. Tamara Magdalene Post author

    He should've figured out the force of insanity that made him hook up with his cousin.

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  21. Tamara Magdalene Post author

    The American is self confident? Positive? He must've been high.

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  22. Celtic Whisper Post author

    He used to pick up Cigarette butts off the street and use their tobacco in his pipe.

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  23. NEWKNOWLEDGE Post author

    If YOU want to understand Einstein's theory of Special Relativity(SR), then just do what I did. Discover it by yourself. Think of light as being the fastest speed possible, and then proceed to analyze "Motion", and bingo, you will soon understand it all, and you will also derive the SR mathematical equations. Hint: The less you know about physics, the easier it is to be successful.

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  24. tome57a Post author

    Simon, I love your Biographics videos. I do have a suggestion, however: Would you please do away with the superfluous pronouns that detract from the rhythm of your narrative? For example, instead of saying, "1905, it was a turning point for Albert Einstein" just say "1905 was a turning point for Albert Einstein." Thanks!

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  25. Marcel Weber Post author

    A famous University director in Germany was asked in the 1930's whether his university was affected by Nazi laws prohibiting Jews to attend.
    'Affected?' The man reacted, 'It has ceased to exist!'

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  26. faye witt Post author

    Always interested in hearing about famous people, some in which I admit I'd never heard and even if I'd had heard of them I didn't know much about them and the ones that most definitely had heard of, I didn't know much about them if any but none the less it's always fun to learn about other people, about their lives and such so anyway I'm glad I am subscribed, would like to see a video on other presidents and on Benjamin Franklin if possible!

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  27. renegade_ace Post author

    "The American spirit is lively and without envy." If only that were true today…*cough cough* Bernie crowd *cough cough*

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  28. ZzZzZzain Post author

    How about make a Simon Whistler's bio, how did you get to where u r

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  29. Christopher Drager Post author

    Simon, really? It's pronounced William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (/duːˈbɔɪs/doo-BOYSS), as in "Dew-Boyz". And yes, I am that asshole, but you're too good to slack like that

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  30. Sophie Grace Post author

    It would be awesome to see a Cary Grant, Anthony Perkins, James Stewart and/or Hitchcock video (if you haven't already) please ❤️💝

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  31. Mirza Rafi Salimsyah Post author

    Simon, please make a biography episode about karl steffanson

    Attempt #10

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  32. Mister Hansen Post author

    Albert Einsteins words are unknown, because the Nurse who aided him hours before his death didn't speak german.

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  33. Myriaddsystems Post author

    For all his failings and the people he hurt, he was still only human. God knows I am no better, like many others….

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  34. vaikkajoku Post author

    "There are no German jews, there are no Russian jews, there are no American jews. There are in fact only jews."
    And that is why you don't trust jews.

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  35. Miss Quinn Post author

    His parents where jewish but he want to catholic school? That nakes sence ….

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  36. Aaron Flynn Devereux Post author

    I love how unbiased you are . Well done

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  37. Yung Swaggot Post author

    Crazy to think that the daughter (or even her children) of Einstein and Marie probably is living amongst us and doesn't even know it

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  38. Tai Lüsch Saarinen Post author

    You could have mentioned that he stole most of his early work from his first wife, didn't credit her on the work they did together, and then became increasingly abusive towards her until she left…

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  39. bitterman co Post author

    With all the Nazi leader videos you’ve done, I was hoping you’d do a video on Einstein. Probably one of the most famous Jews in history and right at the time of WW2 and contributed so much to the world.

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  40. MBogdos96 Post author

    Wow no one pointing out that he was at ETH Zurich and not Uni Zurich?

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  41. Tunisian Man Post author

    You forgot to mention he was a wife abuser and wife beater.

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  42. Papa Hank Post author

    15:53 dude in the back looks like hitler with a sombrero

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  43. Nicholas Haueter Post author

    Can you do a Bio on Carl Jung?

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  44. Christopher Harper Digicash Post author

    He was RIGHT about racism. A great man!

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  45. Gijoe215062056 Ham Post author

    Where no one is jonesing for drugs.

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  46. Gijoe215062056 Ham Post author

    They mind control drug addicts cause drug addicted are richer then James Earl Jones tond of them

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  47. Gijoe215062056 Ham Post author

    Drug addicts are richer then the Jones family

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  48. I see Jewelz Post author

    So he was friends with a pedophile?!

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  49. Heisenberg-SchrodingerEmc2 Post author

    Einstein is the greatest scientist of all-time. According to head of applied physics at Yale University Douglas Stone, he should have won 8 Nobel Prizes.

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  50. yaoiis4life Post author

    Good one, they where looking for brighter job prospects in Italy :p cause they where in the electrical business with DC currents 🤣😂

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  51. Arfnudaniack Blue Post author

    One of the physicists who worked on "The Manhattan Project" was a man named Tom Dowd. He later went on to produce some of the most influential records of the 20th century. From Ray Charles, to Charlie Parker, to Cream. A fascinating man. He's worth a look, I think. He was present at the birth of the bomb AND a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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  52. Conor Spillane Post author

    What about Daniel O'Connell the hero of Lincoln, Gandhi and King

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  53. starbtle Post author

    I always find it creepy when these famous people die on my birthday, even if it's like years before my parents were even born… this is like the 3rd one …

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  54. OutOfSight OutOfMind Post author

    While he had some serious character flaws, the man had an extremely open mind in some areas.

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  55. Rick Krecl Post author

    Incredible information on Einstein!! Always thanks!!!!

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  56. Joseph Izzo Post author

    He mastered differential and integral calculus at 14!?!
    I cried my self to sleep almost every night ~ both semesters!

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  57. Joseph Izzo Post author

    Just a thought ~ I haven’t seen you cover Beethoven or Chopin. So many people try but given you and your teams ability ~ it’d be cool to see what you uncover.

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  58. Alan Horowitz Post author

    Regarding an honour that he refused was to be the first president of Israel. Though nearly all ceremonious, it seemed too much of a responsibility for Einstein.

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  59. Jenn Righter Post author

    You have wonderful authors on Biographics (if I'm not mistaken, I've seen different authors credited in the descriptions). This was one of the best written episodes, in my opinion. My opinion may be biased, as I lean toward math and science figures, especially in the physics realm (quantum and astrophysics are my favorite). This really struck me. I'm an avid fan of all of Biographics; I've never been offended by misinformation or lack of information on any of your subjects (although I would have loved if Carl Sagan's marijuana advocacy had been included, but I digress).

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  60. Sum Guy Post author

    ELON MUSK IS A BABOON COMPARED TO THIS MAN!
    Because the next videos are about Musk.
    It's too bad noone ever gave Einstein a metal guitar, he probably would have even surpassed Mick Gordon.

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  61. Luís Henrique Sierakowski Post author

    Please, make a video about Sigmund Freud!

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  62. TroliFishi Post author

    Albert knew high lvl mathematics at age 12, really make u think about what u were doing at age 12…

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  63. Jons LG Post author

    "They named the primary school I went to after me" (seriously, take a moment to grasp that)

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  64. Jons LG Post author

    "I'm a great inventor!" Oh yeah? Where did you work before you became an inventor? "The patent office!"

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  65. Sonny K. Post author

    @14:13 correction*
    Einstein says:
    “What I most admire about your art, is your universality. You don't say a word, yet the world understands you!”. Chaplin replies : “True, but your fame is even greater: the world admires you, when nobody understands what you say.”

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  66. Colin George Jenkins Post author

    Do you ever consider that einstine found the bases for his theory on papers tesla sent to the patent office

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  67. Earl E Wischmeier Post author

    DD Palmer would be another interesting subject

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  68. Kiss 1984 Post author

    You just forget to mention that he was a sexual predator…..

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