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Born in Germany, Albert Einstein (1879-1955) received the Nobel Prize in Physics 1921.  Albert Einstein had close relations with Belgium, which included Ernest Solvay and later King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth. Click here¹ to listen to
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) explaining his famous formula
E
.=.mc² on the equivalence
of energy and mass:

"It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing - a somewhat unfamilar conception for the average mind."

"Furthermore, the equation
E is equal m c-square, in which energy is put equal to mass, multiplied with the square of the velocity of light, showed that very small amounts of mass may be converted into a very large amount of energy and vice versa.  The mass and energy were in fact equivalent, according to the formula mentioned before.  This was demonstrated by Cockcroft and Walton in 1932, experimentally."


Playing the violin, Einstein took a life-long interest in the arts.  After he had achieved international fame, his violin became a kind of trademark.


EINSTEIN IN HIS KYOTO ADDRESS, 1922:

"I was sitting in a chair in the patent office at Bern when all of sudden a thought occurred to me:  'If a person falls freely he will not feel his own weight.'  I was startled.  This simple thought made a deep impression on me.  It impelled me toward a theory of gravitation."

Was Einstein inspired
by Newton's apple
or by a piece of music?


Born in Germany, Albert Einstein (1879-1955) received the Nobel Prize in Physics 1921.  Albert Einstein had close relations with Belgium, which included Ernest Solvay and later King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth..


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