Physics: Past & Present HUMANITIES SUMMER COURSE BY: KARIMA AUSTIN, LPN
Physics: Past & Present Albert Einstein VS Stephen Hawking For years, many have followed the science world with opinions about two of the most popular theoretical physicists of our time, Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. In this paper, I hope to bridge the gap of their lives and how their contributions have given new perspective within the science community. What made one superior to the other and how did their education compare? Einstein: Family victim of Adolf Hitler’s reign Swiss Federal Polytechnic University of Zurich Hawking: Diagnosed with ALS at 21 years of age University of Cambridge California Institute of Technology Oxford University Gonville & Caius College How has the outcome of their work shaped and/or changes physics forever? Einstein: Developed the “Theory of Relativity”, Mass Energy Equivalence Equation “E=mc2, discovery of the “Law of the Photoelectric Effect” in Quantum Physics Hawking: The first to set out a “Theory of Cosmology” explained by a union of the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, Gravitational Singularity Theorems in the framework General Relativity and the theoretical prediction that “Black Holes” emit radiation Conclusion The two individuals were great minds of their times and have influenced a culture of the sciences. What were their achievements, their flaws and their challenges? And how did they prevail and continue on their path to make remarkable discoveries that have shaped our world. Physics: Past & Present Page 1 of 7
Albert Einstein's was born on March 14, 1879, in Ulm, Germany. When Albert became old enough, he started going to the local school, and he was not popular with his teachers, who did not consider him a genius. As a teenager, his family moved to Milan because of their failing family business. His parents left him in Munich to finish school, but he eventually dropped out of school because he despised it (Klein, 1980). He then moved to Milan with family, and it was there that he decided he wanted to be a philosophy teacher. Before he could attempt this, his father convinced him to become an engineer.
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