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Einstein graduated from his teachers

Einstein graduated from his teachers - mechanical worldview...

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Einstein graduated from his teachers' training program at the Zurich Polytechnic in  August 1900, along with three other students. Two of these students immediately  obtained positions as assistants at the Polytechnic, but Einstein was not so fortunate;  Professor Weber, a German, was not particularly fond of the student who had  renounced his citizenship and relied on his friend's lecture notes to pass all his classes.  Unable to find employment immediately after graduation, Einstein spent the summer of  1900 living with his family in Milan.  Over the next three years, Einstein obtained temporary teaching positions while working  on his doctoral dissertation on the kinetic theory of gases. His job search became less  difficult following the publication of three papers in the prestigious  Annalen der Physik.  These papers, along with his dissertation, reflect Einstein's frustrations with the 
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Unformatted text preview: mechanical worldview that dominated physics throughout the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. The mechanical worldview refers to the Newtonian view of the universe, according to which all natural phenomena arise from the interactions among moving matter. This matter obeys Newton's three laws of motion, involving action and reaction, force and acceleration, and inertia. According to Newton, all matter consists of small particles, which the English chemist John Dalton referred to as "atoms" in the first decade of the nineteenth century. The motion of atoms was set against a background of an infinitely flat "absolute space" and a strictly linear "absolute time." Over the course of the century, chemists and physicists struggled to come to terms with the existence of atoms and their properties....
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  • Fall '09
  • staff
  • Annalen der Physik, mechanical worldview, chemist John Dalton, matter obeys Newton, temporary teaching positions

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