Happy Birthday, Albert Einstein!

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


What a year. Einstein may have famously called his own birthday a natural disaster, but between the discovery of gravitational waves in February and the 100th anniversary of the general theory of relativity this past November, it’s been a big year for the renowned physicist and former Princeton resident. Throughout the day, PUP’s design blog will be celebrating with featured posts on our Einstein books and the stories behind them.

Albert Einstein, considered one of the most important scientists of the modern era, would be celebrating a birthday today (3/14/16).  According to earthsky.com, Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany on March 14, 1879.

Einstein was known for many things in the scientific community.  Some of his most notable work included studies on the photoelectric effect, his work on Brownian motion, his publications on Special Relativity, General Relativity, and his work on Mass-energy equivalence.

Einstein received a Nobel Prize for his contribution to Theoretical Physics, particularly for his discovery of the law of photoelectric effect.  Einstein died on April 18,1955 at the age of 76 in Princeton, New Jersey.

Top 10 quotes of the father of modern physics in celebration of his birthday and Pi Day.

On romance

“When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it’s two minutes. But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think its two hours. That’s relativity.”

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein: Top 10 quotes by the father of modern physics in celebration of his birthday and Pi Day
Einstein before giving a speech in Washington – Getty Images

On the power of imagination

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein: Top 10 quotes by the father of modern physics in celebration of his birthday and Pi Day
Einstein in his study at Princeton – Getty Images

On mistakes

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein: Top 10 quotes by the father of modern physics in celebration of his birthday and Pi Day
Einstein relaxing on a deck chair at the Baltic Sea – Getty Images

On scientific career

“Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.”

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein: Top 10 quotes by the father of modern physics in celebration of his birthday and Pi Day
Einstein working on a mathematical formula – Getty Images

On education

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein: Top 10 quotes by the father of modern physics in celebration of his birthday and Pi Day
Einstein being sworn in as a US citizen – Getty Images

On technology

“Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.”

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein: Top 10 quotes by the father of modern physics in celebration of his birthday and Pi Day
Einstein declaring his opposition to the atomic bomb in a TV broadcast – Getty Images

On the secret to success

“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.”

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein: Top 10 quotes by the father of modern physics in celebration of his birthday and Pi Day
Einstein playing his violin in his study – Getty Images

On morality

“A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.”

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein: Top 10 quotes by the father of modern physics in celebration of his birthday and Pi Day
Einstein working in his study at Princeton – Getty Images

On over-thinking

“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein: Top 10 quotes by the father of modern physics in celebration of his birthday and Pi Day
This picture was taken on Einstein’s 72nd birthday and is perhaps his most famous portrait – Getty Images

On facts of life

“Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.”