Summary and Explanation of A Truly Beautiful Mind (Character Sketch and Quick Revision Notes)

Character Sketches from A Truly Beautiful Mind

Albert Einstein: 
Albert Einstein was a scientific genius of all time. He brought about a paradigm shift in science especially in physics. He had keen interest in physics and mathematics. In Zurich he worked on relatively. His theory of relatively showed that time and distance are not absolute. Time for a person in space with speed comparable to that of light is much slower than that for a man on earth. He gave a famous formula E=mc2. This formula formed the basis of nuclear reactor and atom bomb. His General   Theory of relatively gave a new meaning to Gravity.. The world showered on him honors and invitations. He was honoured with Noble Prize in 1921.

Summary of A Truly Beautiful Mind

Albert Einstein was born on 14'h March in 1879, in the German city of Ulm. For about two and half years he could not speak and when he did learn to speak, he uttered every word twice. His playmates called him "Brother Boring", and his mother regarded him a freak because of the abnormally large size of his head. At school, his head master regarded him as stupid and good for nothing. But he proved them all wrong.

At the age of 6, on behest of his mother, he learned to play the violin. He became a gifted violinist At the age of 15, his family shifted to Munich. He did not feel at ease with the strict regimentation of the school and left it for good Later on, for higher education, he joined the University at Zurich because the atmosphere there was more liberal and amenable to new ideas and concepts. He showed more interest in Physics and Mathematics. He met a fellow student, Mileva Maric at the University- equally intelligent and clever. Later on they married and had 2 sons but unfortunately their marriage did not survive and were divorced in 1919.

After completing his education, Albert worked as a technical expert in the patent office at Bern. Here, he worked secretly on his idea on relativity. In 1915, he published his paper on special theory of relativity, followed by the world famous equation E = mc2.

In 1915, he published his paper on General Theory of Relativity, which gave an absolutely new definition to concept of gravity. This theory made him a famous figure. In 1919, during the solar eclipse, his theory came out to be accurate and revolutionized physics. In 1933, he emigrated to USA as Nazis had come to power in Germany. He did not want his finding and research to be used for destruction. In 1938, when Germany discovered the principle of Nuclear Fission, he was the first person to write to the American President about the dangers of the atomic bombs.

In 1945, when America dropped the Atomic Bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, he was deeply hurt and wrote to the United Nations for the formation of a world government to prevent recurrence of such destruction He spent his later days in politics advocating world peace and democracy. He died at the age of 76 in the year 1955.

Quick Revision Notes

  • Albert Einstein was born on March 14,1879 in the German city of Ulm. He had no signs of greatness.
  • His mother thought that he was a freak. When he learned to speak he spoke everything twice.
  • He  was boring for other children .So he played by himself much of the time.
  • He loved mechanical toys .looking  at his new born sister Maja he asked where her wheels were.
  • A headmaster told her father that Einstein would never make a success at anything .Einstein began playing at the age of six. Later he began as a gifted violinist.
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