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1.What do you think makes a successful scientist? Curiosity, patience, determination, genius, persistence, hardworking Reference:
2.What kind of boy was Einstein in his parents eyes?Reference:They might have thought him slow because he hardly spoke until he was almost three years old.
3.Einstein once said: Curiosity has its own reason for existence. How do you understand this statement? Reference:Einstein was right because he himself was passionately curious when he was young. His curiosity sparked by wanting to know what controlled the compass needle led to his later success.
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When Albert was 5 years old and sick in bed, Hermann Einstein brought him a device that did stir his intellect. It was the first time he had seen a compass. He lay there shaking and twisting the odd thing, certain he could fool it into pointing off in a new direction. But try as he might, the compass needle would always find its way back to pointing in the direction of north. A wonder, he thought. The invisible force that guided the compass needle was evidence to Albert that there was more to our world that meets the eye. There was something behind things, something deeply hidden.
So began Albert Einsteins journey down a road of exploration that he would follow the rest of his life. I have no special gift, he would say, I am only passionately curious.Albert Einstein was more than just curious though. He had the patience and determination that kept him at things longer than most others. Other children would build houses of card up to 4 stories tall before the cards would lose balance and the whole structure would come falling down. Maja watched in wonder as her brother Albert methodically built his card buildings to 14 stories. Later he would say, Its not that Im so smart, its just that I stay with problems longer.
One advantage Albert Einsteins developing mind enjoyed was the opportunity to communicate with adults in an intellectual way. His uncle, an engineer, would come to the house, and Albert would join in the discussions. His thinking was also stimulated by a medical student who came over once a week for dinner and lively chats.At age 12, Albert Einstein came upon a set of ideas that impressed him as holy. It was a little book on Euclidean plane geometry. The concept that one could prove theorems of angles and lines that were in no way obvious made an indescribable impression on the young student. He adopted mathematics as the tool he would use to pursue his curiosity and prove what he would discover about the behavior of the universe.
He was convinced that beauty lies in the simplistic. Perhaps this insight was the real power of his genius. Albert Einstein looked for the beauty of simplicity in the apparently complex nature and saw truths that escaped others. While the expression of his mathematics might be accessible to only a few sharp minds in the science, Albert could condense the essence of his thoughts so anyone could understand.For instance, his theories of relativity revolutionized science and unseated the laws of Newton that were believed to be a complete description of nature for hundreds of years. Yet when pressed for an example that people could relate to, he came up with this: Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. THATs relativity.
Albert Einsteins wealth of new ideas peaked while he was still a young man of 26. In 1905 he wrote 3 fundamental papers on the nature of light, a proof of atoms, the special theory of relativity and the famous equation of atomic power: E=mc2. For the next 20 years, the curiosity that was sparked by wanting to know what controlled the compass needle and his persistence to keep pushing for the simple answers led him to connect space and time and find a new state of matter.What was his ultimate quest?I want to know how God created this world.... I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details. (700 words)
Albert Einstein German-American physicist who contributed more than any other scientist to the 20th-century vision of physical reality. His special and general theories of relativity revolutionized modern thought on the nature of space and time and formed a theoretical basis for the exploitation of atomic energy. He won a 1921 Nobel Prize for his explanation of the photoelectriceffect. Einstein, Albert (1879-1955)
They might have thought him slow, but there was something else evident.ExamplesThe threat of inflation is already evident in bond prices.The audience waited with evident excitement for the performance to begin.evident a. easily seen or understood; obvious More to learn
They might have thought him slow, but there was something else evident.If there had been no other evidence, they might have thought him slow (not quick to learn). Paraphrase
respond v. to say or do something as a reaction to something that has been said or doneExamplesTo every question the police officer asked, he responded I dont know.For patients who do not respond to drug treatment, surgery is a possible option. More to learn
respond v. to say or do something as a reaction to something that has been said or doneTry to GuessWhat is the meaning of correspond in the following sentence?He corresponds with me regularly.
Keyto communicate with a person by exchange of letters
stir v. 1)to excite 2)to be roused ExamplesHenry Porter has stirred childrens imagination. The mothers grief stirred when she saw the photo of her son, who died in a traffic accident.
TranslateKeyHe was deeply stirred by the news.
intellect n. 1)the ability to use the power of reason 2)a person of great intellectual ability ExamplesGates is a man noted more for his intellect than his charm.Maria Gomez, historian, socialist and intellect, has died at the age of eighty-nine. More to learn
intellect n. 1)the ability to use the power of reason 2)a person of great intellectual ability Compareintelligence n. the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations e.g. intelligence quotient (IQ)intelligence test
fool into (doing) deceive somebody into doing somethingExamplesTim was fooled into believing that hed won the lottery.It was not right for Jean to fool Robert into believing that she was in love with him.
The invisible force that guided the compass needle was evidence to Albert that there was more to our world that meets the eye.ExamplesInvisible marks on the bank note make it almost impossible to fake.The Stealth fighter is an aircraft designed to be invisible to radar.invisiblea. that can not be seenMore to learn
ExampleHis novel focused on the social invisibility of black people. The invisible force that guided the compass needle was evidence to Albert that there was more to our world that meets the eye.invisibilityn. More to learn
The invisible force that guided the compass needle made Albert believe that there were things we couldnt see.The invisible force that guided the compass needle was evidence to Albert that there was more to our world that meets the eye.
up to as a maximum number of amountExamplesThis language lab can hold up to about 40 people.Up to two hundred people died in the air crash.
methodicallyad. in a very ordered, careful wayExamplesJoan methodically put the things into her suitcase.Could you arrange the files methodically so that it will be convenient when you need them?
Its not that Im so smart, its just that I stay with problems longer.I can do this not because Im very smart, but because I pursue problems longer.
come over to make a short informal visitExamplesWhenever in trouble she would come over to us for help.Ill come over to see you on my next day off.
come upon to meet, find, or discover esp. by chance ExamplesBelieve it or not, John came upon his wife to be in a flight to China.I came upon this cool cap in a small store in Paris.
Euclidean plane geometry () A branch of geometry dealing with the properties of flat surfaces and of planar figures, such as the triangle or the circle. Greek mathematician Euclid first studied the subject in the 4th century BC.
in no way not at allExamplesTheory can in no way be separated from practice.Alcohol will in no way ease your miseries.TranslateKeyThe changes are in no way an improvement.
curiosity n. the desire to know or learnExamplesIt is important to develop the natural curiosity of each child.Im burning with curiosity you must tell me whos won!
insight n. (the ability to have) a clear, deep understanding of a complicated problem or situationExamplesHe was a brilliant actor who brought deep psychological insight to many of his roles.Professor Becker offered some interesting insights into the human society.TranslateHe is a person of insight.Key
genius n.1) great and rare power of thought, skill, orimagination 2) a person of very great ability or very high intelligence
ExamplesHe has a spark of genius that distinguishes him from the other actors.Chaplin was not just a genius; he was among the most influential figures in film history.
apparentlyad.1)according to what seems to be true 2)actually ExamplesWell, apparently shes had enough of her major and shes heading off to finance.The window had apparently been forced open.I thought they were married but apparently not.She looks about 12 but apparently shes 14.