March 26, 2020

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Albert Einstein and His Famous Formula

On the day in 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in America where he soon began work at Princeton University. Einstein was the greatest scientist of the 20th century and one of the greatest scientists of all time. He came up with many new ideas that changed the way we think about time, space, distance, and light.

Einstein’s most famous formula was one you’ll be hearing about for the rest of your life. When Professor Einstein wrote that formula on his blackboard, it probably looked something like this: 

To pronounce the formula, you say, “E equals M C squared,” So what does it mean? It means that a lot of energy is stored up in a very small amount of stuff. This simple formula unlocked the secret of nuclear power and changed the world forever. And it was discovered by a very smart man who spent his final years in Princeton, New Jersey.

Today's Podcast

Podcast #7: The Amazing Albert Einstein

More Fun Facts About Albert Einstein

Fun Fact: If Albert Einstein hadn’t been a scientist, he might have been a musician because he loved to play the violin.

Fun Fact: In 1905, Einstein wrote four papers, each of which probably should have earned him a Nobel prize. His discoveries during that year were so amazing that scientists now have a name for the year 1905. They call it Einstein’s “Annus Mirabilis,” which is Latin for “Extraordinary Year.”

Fun Fact: Einstein is responsible for the famous “Theory of Relativity.” Technically, that theory has two parts: the Special Theory of Relativity (which came first), and the General Theory of Relativity (which Einstein considered his most important achievement).

Fun Fact: Although he probably should have won four or five Nobel prizes, Albert Einstein was only given one, which he received 1921.

Fun Fact: Today, if a person is called an “Einstein, it’s a compliment because it means that person is a genius. 

Just for fun, see what you learned on the

Just for fun,
see if you can answer these questions.
Was Albert Einstein a politician, a businessman, or a scientist?

He was a scientist.

When Albert Einstein came to America, did he live in New York, New Jersey, New England, or Texas?

He lived in Princeton, New Jersey.

Albert Einstein enjoyed playing a musical instrument. Did he play the violin, the drums, a saxophone, or the electric guitar?

Einstein played the violin.

What famous theory did Einstein invent? Was it the Theory of Relativity, the Theory of Productivity, the Theory of Magnetism, or the Theory of General Electricity?

In 1905, Einstein came up with the Theory of Relativity.

Now It’s Time for a Few Words of Wisdom from Albert Einstein

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

“Try not to become a person of success but rather try to be a person of value.”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

More Fun Facts About Einstein’s Adopted State: New Jersey

It’s a Fact: Albert Einstein was born in Germany but moved to the United States in 1933. For the rest of his life, he worked at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey.

It’s a Fact: Princeton, New Jersey is also home to one of America’s great universities that is called, not surprisingly, Princeton.

It’s a Fact: The capital of New Jersey is Trenton.

It’s a Fact: The city in New Jersey with the most people is Newark. Newark is less than ten miles from New York City.

It’s a Fact: The abbreviation for New Jersey is NJ.

Well, you’ve amost reached the end of today’s Homeschool Express. But before you go, here’s something for you: a riddle.

Today's End-of-the-Line Riddle:
Why did the scientist remove his doorbell?

He wanted to win the “No-bell Prize.”

If you like the Homeschool Express, you should take a look at The Mystery Ryders, a series of chapter books about a homeschooling family that lives on a train, at least some of the time.