Albert Einstein's hobbies were sailing, reading and playing the violin and piano. He also wrote travel journals that are now held in the Albert Einstein Archives in Jerusalem.Know More
Einstein owned several sailboats in his lifetime. He kept one in Caputh, Germany, that was seized along with his cottage in 1933 when the Nazis took power. When he lived in the United States, he owned a sailboat called Tinnef.
Einstein enjoyed reading and is quoted as saying that "Traktat" by David Humes had a big influence on him. He enjoyed classics, such as Don Quijote by Cervantes Saavedra and books with a scientific bent, including "Energy and Matter" by Ludwig Büchners and Aaron Bernstein's "Natural-Scientific Popular Books." He also read books by the philosophers Spinoza and Schopenhauer.
Einstein began taking violin lessons at an early age, discovering Mozart at age 13. He was known to play for friends, in small gatherings or with his friend, fellow physicist Max Planck. Einstein enjoyed playing the violin, although opinions differ on his talent level. According to a book by Ze'ev Rosenkranz, Einstein was modest about his ability but still enjoyed playing. As he became older, he switched to piano because he no longer liked the way he played violin. Aside from Mozart, his favorite composers were Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli and Schubert. He was quoted as saying that he would probably have become a musician if he had not become a physicist.Learn more about Middle Ages
Albert Einstein's full name is "Albert Einstein." He has no middle names and received the name at his birth in 1879 in the German Empire.Full Answer >
Albert Einstein was the son of Hermann and Pauline Einstein, a secular, middle-class Jewish couple. Albert was born on March 14, 1879, in Ulm, Germany, a small town less than 100 miles from Munich.Full Answer >
Albert Einstein's contributions to mathematics include the theory of relativity, the photoelectric effect, the motion of particles when suspended within a liquid and the mathematical formula E = mc2. E = mc2 is his most famous equation, and it expresses the relationship of energy to mass with "E" as energy, "M" as mass and "C" as the speed of light.Full Answer >
Albert Einstein's greatest contribution to the world was his theory of relativity in which he described new ways of looking at time, space, matter, energy and gravity. His works also provided the basis for advances such as the control of atomic energy, space exploration and applications of light.Full Answer >