Einstein grew up during the years following the unification of Germany in 1871

Einstein grew up during the years following the unification of Germany in 1871

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Einstein grew up during the years following the unification of Germany in 1871, a time of  widespread growth in European industrial power, strong militaristic nationalism, and  imperialist expansion. Technological advances led to a renewed faith in material  progress, especially with the replacement of the old steam- and mechanically powered  world with the new modern "electropolis." The rise of electric power challenged the  reigning nineteenth-century mechanical worldview, which holds that all matter obeys  Newton's laws of motion and that all natural phenomena arise from the interactions of  moving matter. New advances in electromagnetic theory by nineteenth-century  scientists such as Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell could not be explained in  terms of the old mechanical picture, and physicists in Einstein's day were confronted  with the challenge of finding a complete mechanical account of electrodynamic theory 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course BIO 1320 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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Einstein grew up during the years following the unification of Germany in 1871

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