Albert Einstein

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.


It was during his time working at the Swiss Patent Office that Albert Einstein—in his spare time—produced some of his most remarkable and celebrated work. Indeed, 1905 is considered Einstein’s “miracle year”, a time in which he published four scientific papers that astonished the scientific establishment with their unique and original insights. The subjects Einstein covered in his four papers were: The photoelectric effect; Brownian motion; Special relativity; and The equivalence of matter and energy.


1879 - Albert Einstein
Albert was born in Ulm, Germany. The family moved to Munich when Albert was one year old.

1889 - He met Max Talmud
Max introduced Albert to math and science. Albert was ten years old.

1894 - Albert finishes school
Albert finished his schooling in Munich with medical training. He moved to Milan with his family.

1895 - Goes to school in Switzerland
Albert moved to Switzerland at 16 years old to attend Aarau Cantonal School.

1896 - Top of the class
Albert graduates at the top of his class. He was a year younger than the other students.

1901 - Hard times
Albert slacked off in further schooling, even after doing so well. Because of this he had a hard time finding a good job.

1902 - The patent office
Albert Einstein got a job in the patent office. He used his understanding of math and science in his new position, and it made him happy.

1905 - Submits his first paper
Einstein submitted his first paper on his theory of thermodynamics. It was the first of many.

1909 - A new job
After working at the patent office and writing his theories, Einstein got a job teaching theoretical physics at the University of Zurich.

1913 - Theory of gravity
He believed science's understanding of gravity was wrong, and he worked on a new theory which he would later test with a solar eclipse.

1919 - Einstein is famous
After publishing his Theory of Relativity and correctly predicting the effects of a solar eclipse, Einstein's name went around the world.

1922 - Nobel Prize
Einstein was awarded his first Nobel Prize. He was on his way to Japan when he got the news.

1945 - War ends
World War II ended and Einstein continued his research. He made advances in heat, gravity, and relativity, and he published over 300 scientific reports.

1955 - Einstein dies
Albert Einstein died in April of heart failure.


Einstein's political view was in favor of socialism and critical of capitalism, which he detailed in his essays such as "Why Socialism?". Einstein offered to and was called on to give judgments and opinions on matters often unrelated to theoretical physics or mathematics. Einstein's views about religious belief have been collected from interviews and original writings. He called himself an agnostic, while disassociating himself from the label atheist. He said he believed in the "pantheistic" God of Baruch Spinoza, but not in a personal god, a belief he criticized.