100 Years of the Einstein Theory
That Jump-Started the Modern World
Most of the technological wonder mankind grew accustomed during the 20th century, and is still the basis of contemporary life, was not yet in place when a 36-year-old Albert Einstein published his General Theory of Relativity, after a decade of feverish research.
Despite its far reaching concepts and complexities of its precepts, the theory became both popular and enduring, dismantling old assumptions and challenging scientific thought. Its astonishing accuracy has also proven resilient and still ahead of our time.
In fact, along Max Planck’s Quantum Mechanics formulations, Relativity is arguably one of the most comprehensive – despite its gaps – explanations of natural phenomena since Isaac Newton published his Law of Universal Gravitation, over 220 years before.
It guaranteed Einstein immortality and, even if indirectly, the 1921 Nobel of Physics. While only a few could elaborate on its implications, the theory‘s appeal lies on the simplicity of its outline, and almost direct impact and correlation to our world.
Although most of us couldn’t explain gravity to save our lives, many have at least heard about how massive objects, such as (more)
galaxies and cluster, can actually bend the space and time around them, and how matter, once accelerated to near the speed of light, becomes energy.
We won’t embarrass ourselves any longer here, lest pasting and copying from the Internet has its obvious shortcomings. But let’s just say that the modern world, as we know it and cherish it, wouldn’t come close to what it is now hadn’t been for Einstein.
Despite unfairly accused of being a father to the A-Bomb, he was a humanist whose research was driven by a genuine spirit of wonder. Science, and scientists, do not invent things; they uncover them, and agonize over how to explain what they see.
Maybe one day, Einstein’s Relativity and Planck’s Quantum Mechanics will combine to perfectly explain the world as a whole, the way each explains the macro and micro universes. Till then, we have E=MC2, which Einstein envisioned as a lamp post in our road to the future.