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Albert Einstein, the Theory of relativity and modern physics leading to the higgs boson

Updated on July 8, 2012

Albert Einstein's life & achievements in physics

Albert Einstein – Regarded as the Father of modern day Physics

He was a German scientist who was born in a small town of Ulm Kingdom of Württemberg Germany (He lived from 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955); his parents trained him well and somehow through his studies, his choice in career of becoming a teacher, and eventually landing a job at a patent office, helped him leverage things a bit further in his life.

A defining moment and turning point of his life was when he left that patent office, and when he was able to branch out from the norms of society in his day and time, and soon became known worldwide for great achievements in science & physics. He actually established a cool discussion group with some friends at one point in his life where they would discuss scientific, as well as philosophical subject matter and such a place was known as "The Olympia Academy".

He was instrumental in taking the scientific world by storm in his time on earth, and he made his presence felt taking his rightful place in the history books as a modern day legend. Today he has reached iconic status as one of the worlds greatest minds, and thought to be by some, a sort of super genius. He achieved greatness in the field of physics, thus leading to such developments as quantum mechanics, and many of the more newer fields of subatomic particle studies.

Where did all his awesome knowledge derive from

So how did he do this? Did Einstein decide to try and break the laws of gravity which was established by the late Sir Isaac Newton another great scientific mind and mathematical mind. You know breaking the laws of gravity isn’t an easy thing to do and back then could put you in jail, but on a real note though, this guy was loaded with powerful thoughts about our universe.

Einstein was truly determined to come up with his very own applicable theory of sorts, and he did some intense studies of the way the universe functions using his knowledge of astronomy obtained by studying like minds such as David Hume, knowledge of mathematics studying Jules Henri Poincaré, knowledge of physics studying and the laws of motion of particles in space, and was majorly influenced by Ernst Mach.

He also studied a great deal of Euclidean principles of geometry, and some philosophy by Immanuel Kant.

With these understandings in his mind he soon was able to come up with his very own world renowned theory of relativity, also known as “Theory of general relativity”, as stated in Wikipedia.


Theory of general relativity

Einstein's theory of general relativity deals with the motion of huge objects in space-time such as planetary systems, stars, and their relativistic motions with respect to their unseen gravitational fields, such as that of a black hole as it tears apart stars in its gravitational orbit.

It also pertains to the intense fields of light from one near by star upon another star, say like from our Sun, and the cause or effects they have on one another by the absorption of light, as it travels in its gravitation fields path. His theory has made huge breakthrough's for modern physicist, and for those people seeking to explain or comprehend how the universe works.

Einstein has actually helped us all to see what is truly going on way up beyond our earths atmosphere, hemisphere, and stratosphere. His theory however is quite different from that of Galileo's theory titled principle of relativity, which states a similar characteristic in how the motion of objects have relativistic motion, but the difference between the two theory's is Galileo's dealt with observed motion or mechanical motion, and Einstien's dealt with the laws of gravitational pull as well as differing characteristics of light, and lead him to formulation of the special theory of relativity. (Special relativity incorporates the principle that the speed of light is the same for all inertial observers regardless of the state of motion of the source) (Referenced directly from wikipedia)

Here's how principle of relativity works, try to imagine an object such as a ship, is being rode by a passenger whom is on a differing level of the ship inside of it, rather then on one of the observation decks. Due to that person not being able to view or detect its motion this person cannot tell its moving at a constant high velocity. Now on the other hand, you have another person on a dock watching the ship move, this person can clearly see that it is in fact moving at a constant pace, thus making it relativistic motion.

This brought us all to also realize such a thing as the earth spinning on its axis, and the fact that we don't really feel it doing such but it in fact does move, but we cannot see it so therefore we at one time thought that the earth was the center of the universe, until Galileo shattered that concept entirely. Many people may get the two theory's mixed up, and this is why I added Galileo to this article to help clarify such an possibility.


Learning from his life Achievements

His personal achievements through out his entire life has shown to the world that going the extra distance mentally using a scientific method and approach to things, can and will help humanity besides potentially posing a threat to it all if not properly guided, managed and maintained with a delicate controlling balance.

Looking through a high powered telescope cannot help us to determine such a theory as his he conjured up, unless we were able to understand how such things as magnetism, light and lines of force work, as well as gravitational pull, and the general laws of attraction.

Einstein knew that there was something inherently unique about the way the universe works, and his deeper scope into it all has derived such a theory of relativity that has changed our views and perspectives on life altogether. Today scientists are using much of his mind powers to fully encompass and grasp hold on things on the quantum level, with such things as chaos theory, quantum reality, and quantum mechanics, which all stems from his findings about gravity and how things are being held together by it universally.


Actual Footage from CERN

The proof is in Quantum Physics & Sub Atomics

One real world proof of his awesome achievements in his life, which has caused a huge sort of butterfly effect. Is in the study of quantum physics and subatomic particles, and quantum mechanics as well.

There is a place known as CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research). It's the worlds largest particle physics facility, which is a massive experimental laboratory that houses over 3000's scientists & physicist. Today they have achieved something of the same magnitude that Einstein has done many years back, but this time its been given the title of the "God Particle" to us common folks, also known as the Higgs boson to the true scientific communities.

They created a Large Hadron Collider, which pretty much allows for photon particles to be accelerated at extremely high speeds close to the speed of light, and crashing them together to potentially allow for these physicist to detect such a Higgs particle, which in fact helped them to even explain what Einstein couldn't fully comprehend himself about the role of elementary particles and their given mass as to identify its complete an utter characteristics.

According to Wikipedia, they say that scientists there at CERN have found a new particle that is said to be consistent to that of the actual higgs boson, and it is definitely not the God particle, but was well worth a try for even Hollywood to take a stab at seeking to benefit from such a name in the movie (Angels & Demons).

(Check out the video above to hear it from a CERN representative) Enjoy!

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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thank you @Cyndi10 for the cool visit, yes Quantum Physics is a very tough subject to grasp hold of in the mind for sure, but I love to challenge myself to try and learn it all from time to time, even though much of it is equally tough to retain or remember.

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      I so often wish I could better grasp quantum physics. But with every question that seems to be answered there is always another question. All so fascinating and frustrating. Well written about what I consider such an elusive subject. As for Einstein, he was the genius of his time.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      I'm sure Einsteins true genius moments occurred all through out his youthful experiences as well.

      I say this because that's when the mind is at its best, and he may have been such a gifted kid all along that he couldn't wait for the opportunity to get a chance to shine with it all, like many child prodigy's.

      Who knows though, haha, anyhow thanks for the cool comment and for reading my hub here, oh and its nice to meet you on hubpages and welcome to the awesome community here.

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      6 years ago

      I can't remember where I heard it but when Einstein had his genius moment about e=mc2 he saw what he needed to do clearly in his mind, but it took him 3 years to explain it..

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for the cool vote @p10kabhijita, Einstein was definitely a brilliant dude, and I just wish I could have just 10% of his smarts, lol.

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      Abhijit Aswath 

      6 years ago from India

      Thank you for this very informative and interesting hub. After reading of his wonder and inquisitive mind that got him thinking of the mysteries of the universe, his quote comes to mind, 'Imagination is more important than knowledge'. Voted up and interesting!

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for the kind words ChristinS, for sharing, and for the cool vote, I did my best with the research.

      I just hope more people who haven't come to learn about Einstein's great achievements yet, can grow to appreciate his life's works, and his genius mind, that has definitively influenced the entire world to change into what we know of it today.

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      Christin Sander 

      6 years ago from Midwest

      An excellent and interesting hub. I believe you have done a great job of making the scientific readable and enjoyable for all. I find this point in history/science so fascinating - I think we are on the brink of something huge and I'm glad I'm witnessing it :) Thanks for the super hub. :) voted up and shared.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      @Janhorner, Thank you for giving my Einstein hub a chance, I know that these sorts of subjects aren't as popular on hubpages, but I do believe the globe as a whole loves Einstein and his brilliant mind, and so it was worth a try, you know.

      I just hope people can grow to appreciate such an effort I attempted to set fourth here as you've done, after all it was a great challenge to tackle such a subject for sure, and I will keep on pressing in these directions to further explore this mostly uncharted region of writing on the web and on hubpages to help many of the non-scientific folks to get a better grips on it all.

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      6 years ago

      I'm not at all scientifically minded! I enjoyed the history surrounding Einstein's life. You have put a great deal of effort into this hub and for other readers who are scientifically minded they will find it an enjoyable and educational read.

      voted up,



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