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Prologue – what was the traumatic or profound event in Einstein’s life that set the tone for what was to follow?

How does the event compare to the events of the other four scientists we have studied?

Veni – how did Einstein come to be interested in the subject of light?

In the mid-1850s, it was believed that “the future belongs to the human sciences”(book page 219).How did these men contribute to that belief?

  • Charles Darwin (1859)
  • Thomas Huxley and Herbert Spencer
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Francis Galton

How did the eugenics movement impact the Einstein family?

What object piqued young Einstein’s interest when he was five years old and why?How did his Uncle Jakob describe him?

Describe Einstein’s early struggles in grammar and high school.

What is Einstein’s ‘shrinking factor’?

Describe his high school/college educational experiences.

(page 231)In the 1900s science was entering the next 150 years full of confidence:the four major elements – Earth, Air, Fire, Water – are now thriving scientific disciplines.

What other two loose ends were tied up in 1896 and 1897?What major element was left out?

Vidi – what was going on in the world at that time?

How had science merged space, time, matter, and energy into a coherent theory by 1899 when Einstein was born?Why was the topic of light so baffling?

From Aristotle to Newton, how did science explain light?Now enter three scientists who added to that theory.What did each of the following contribute?

  • Thomas Young
  • James Clerk Maxwell
  • Heinrich Hertz

A new dilemma – how do light waves travel through the vacuum of space?How did the following contribute to that dilemma?

  • Albert Michelson and Edward Morley
  • Michael Faraday
  • Armand Fizau

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