Genius is a notch lower than insanity and a tad higher than madness. And, if it was not for Albert Einstein, the world would have never got a clear picture of what a genius is meant to be like. One glimpse of his photos that swarm the internet, and you recognize him in an instant. Everyone grows up knowing him – and without a trace of doubt – the generations to come will cherish him as much as the existing mortals do.
His contributions to Relativity are a fascinating truth. A life that began on March 14, 1879 – did it have any idea that it will be marvelled upon by a zillion living souls? There were traces of seclusion and inklings of curiosity homing themselves in Einstein by the age of five. Wasn’t it a cosmic perchance that something as usual as a children’s book could lead him to write his first scientific paper at the age of 16? THAT and the sheer childish act of withdrawing from school using a doctor’s note, without adding any skills of employability to his favour.
Though he did manage graduation and get a job, destiny higher genius has other plans for him. It seemed like ages of bad luck and ill fate before the miracle year happened to Einstein and he was once again ready to shine.
Ten years later, in 1915, Einstein shed light on what he held very dear and thought of as his masterpiece. It was from here onwards that his purpose began. He was now up to working day in and day out on the Theory of Relativity. General theory of relativity was of key interest. But physics wasn’t his only genius. As a being, Einstein was an outstanding one. Though philosophy and literature always took a backseat when it came to Einstein’s achievements, when we read him today he seems to be extremely influential with words too.
Not many know that he completely and absolutely loathed the military system. His hatred began as fear and in his more mature years of life took the shape of dislike and non-support. Likewise was his opposition and non-belief in the quantum theory. Though later on, instead of rejecting it all together, he incorporated it in some of his own hypothesis and studies.
His perspective on science was a lovable one. Unlike many who created a divide between mystery, magic, art and science, Einstein was one who talked about a story-like experience that dwelled on the logic of science and the mystery of future. “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.” His emotions are a clear indication that he was as close to metaphysics as to physics.
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