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The Universal ForceGravity - Creator of Worlds$
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Louis Girifalco

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228966.001.0001

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The genius

The genius

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(p.143) 11 The genius
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The Universal Force
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Louis A. Girifalco

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228966.003.0011

Albert Einstein is the only scientist who's genius was comparable to that of Newton's. Their personalities and lifestyles were completely different, but they were both consumed by the desire to know. In 1905, the miracle year, Einstein gave quantum mechanics its true beginning by working out the theory of photoelectricity, created a new statistical mechanics by studying Brownian motion, gave a fully formed theory of special relativity, and derived his famous mass-energy equation. This monumental accomplishment was matched only by Newton's work during the plague years. A decade later, Einstein single handedly developed general relativity, the deepest and most beautiful of all scientific theories.

Keywords:   Albert Einstein, photoelectric effect, statistical mechanics, Browning motion, special relativity, general relativity, the miracle year

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