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Einstein (ES602) Nutcracker

A most complex individual indeed! If there ever was a stereotypical “absent minded professor”, he was it. You can tell just by looking at his hair. It looks like he has never been to a barber in his life. But, oh what a genius he was!

Albert Einstein, the great physicist (1879-1955), was born in Germany, raised in Switzerland. He was the director of the “Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institute” for Physics in Berlin and then taught at Princeton University in the U.S. in 1933. One of his best known discoveries and best known contributions is his ground breaking work which led to his Theory of Relativity: E=mc2 (“E” stands for energy and “m” stands for mass).

He investigated and proved his scientific theories by utilizing simple methods. An enormous amount of practical knowledge has long since been derived from his theories. It was Einstein’s experiments that led Max Planck to the discovery of the transformations that take place and he enormous energies that are released by splitting the nucleus of an atom.

It was this discovery that ushered in a new era, the era in which, we now live- the Atomic Age.

 

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Benjamin Franklin (ES635) Nutcracker

Both his scientific and historical contributions made Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) famous throughout the world. He was a Puritan who practiced moderation, discipline and frugality as the basic principles for leading a good successful life. Franklin was also a co-signer of the Declaration of Independence (1776).

His scientific investigations began with a simple kite, very much like the kind that children fly today. A metal key that happened to be rubbing back and forth along the kite string, thereby producing a great deal of friction, led to his discovery of static electricity.

It was not long before he also discovered the principle of “grounding” and quickly thereafter he discovered the lighting rod. All of these discoveries led him to the discovery of the condenser.

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