After a sumptuous meal of…you don’t want to know the details…last night, I had to sit back to allow the mountain be turned to valley in my tummy before turning in for the night with my ‘souljas’.
In their usual fashion, anytime the Inverter (no thanks to PHCN) is on, the boys would start looking around for the remote control. Next thing I heard was..”mummy, please I want to watch cartoon, change it to cartoon”. It was actually one of my lucky days when my three year old was in the right frame of mind to be courteous. Usually it’s “mummy, change it to Cartoon Network”
Lucky chaps…in my days, cartoons? That’s for another day.
Well, this time, they had their way and we settled down to watch Little Einsteins on Disney Junior.
This got me thinking, what made Albert Einstein so special that he still wields so much influence on kids and adults alike even in death?
This great man that was born decades before my great-great-grandparents were conceived. A bit of exaggeration is in order, isn’t it?
Albert Einstein: Biographical Brief
He was born in Germany on March 14, 1879, an American physicist and Nobel laureate, best known for propounding the theory of Relativity.
His early years was spent in Munich and, wait for this..he did not talk until he was three!
That should be a little respite for those whose kids are a little slow in the speech department, do not panic, s/he might well be the next Albert Einstein.
What Made Albert Einstein Special?
He was brilliant, always curious about the nature and displayed an uncanny ability to understand difficult mathematics concepts. At 12 years, he mastered the Euclidean geometry (check it up, please)
He was always boycotting classes to study physics on his own and also to play his violin. He eventually managed to pass his examinations and worked for two years as a tutor and assistant teacher.
He went on to study for his doctorate and became internationally renowned. He was the proponent of the popular theory of relativity which initially gained little acceptance, understandably so.
Enough resources are available on his life and accomplishments but what got me thinking was the level he took his creative thinking to.
He challenged his “common sense” to come up with uncommon ideas and he was so versed to be able to provide the mapping or the connection between postulates or theories and the ‘measurables’ giving room for his theories to be tested and accepted.
We are all curious for, more often than not the wrong things; thinking ‘beyond the box’ is alien to us and we would rather flow with the tide not realizing that to be a step ahead of the pack. To challenge the norm, we need a little of Albert Einstein in us, everyday.
Famous Quotes Attributed to Albert Einstein
- Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new
- It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity
- Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tommorrow, the important thing is not to stop questioning
- Education is what remains after one has forgotten what was learned in school
- Try not to become a man of success but a man of value
- Everyone should be respected as an individual but noone should be idolized
- The world is a dangerous place to live not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who do nothing about it
- The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination
- Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character
- Logic will take you from A to B, imagination will get you everywhere
- Life is like riding a bicycle, to maintain your balance, you must keep moving
- Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
What is your favorite Albert Einstein’s Quote?