Emilio Segre Visual Archives/american Institute Of Physics
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Einstein playing the violin. German-Swiss-US physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955) playing the violin in 1928. Einstein played the violin from an early age, his repertoire including the sonatas of Mozart and Beethoven. Music became an important part of his life. As a physicist, his General Relativity (1915) rewrote our concepts of gravity, space and time. His mass-energy equation (E=mc2, derived from his 1905 paper on Special Relativity) led to nuclear fission and the atomic bomb. Einstein also contributed to quantum theory. He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the photoelectric effect. Lithograph by Emil Orlick (1870-1932).
June 30th, 2016
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