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Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Wurttemberg, Germany. Einstein contributed more than any other contemporary scientist to our understanding of physical reality. Einstein worked at the patent office in Bern, Switzerland from 1902 to 1909. During this period he completed an astonishing range of theoretical physics publications, written in his spare time, without the benefit of close contact with scientific literature or colleagues.

The most well known of these works is Einstein’s 1905 paper proposing “the special theory of relativity.” He based his new theory on the principle that the laws of physics are in the same form in any frame of reference. Later in 1905 Einstein showed how mass and energy were equivalent expressing it in the famous equation: E=mc2 (energy equals mass times the velocity of light squared). This equation became a cornerstone in the development of nuclear energy.

Einstein received the Nobel Prize in 1921 but not for relativity, rather for his 1905 work on the photoelectric effect. He worked on at Princeton University until the end of his life on an attempt to unify the laws of physics.

“There are two ways to live your life: One is as though nothing is a miracle — The other is though everything is a miracle.”

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

“When the solution is simple, God is answering.”

“A coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”

“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”

“I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.”

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

“Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.”