Long live Archimedes!

There are few of them, but their life blossoms.

N. Chernyshevsky

The new XXI century will be the century of the greatest scientific discoveries, because today’s state of many scientific trends can be defined as follows: they are at the very threshold of discovery. Another step, another – and new lights will flash bright, equal to Archimedes, Lomonosov, Newton, Einstein. To me, who is going to devote himself to physics, I want to talk about A. Einstein, the greatest scientist, whose name is on the list of one hundred great men of the XX century. For the new Archimedes, his life is very instructive.

Someday, every person will know more about nature than Einstein knew. But even then people will draw in their labors and the immense power of thought, and the nobility of the soul. In the portrait and photographs before us infinitely kind, deep in his thoughts people. His whole life was subordinated to science. His way of living is to think, think, solve, discover new things. His earthly path is a gymnasium and student years, work in Switzerland and Germany, world fame, World War II and Nazi pogrom, many years in America and the tragedy of an atomic bomb. At the age of 26 he creates a special theory of relativity, in the next ten years working on the general theory of relativity. In many areas of physics, Einstein revolutionized his discoveries. His creative feat is immortal. The scientist himself is immortal in the memory of mankind. Einstein demonstrated with his whole life the renunciation of man from everything personal and everyday in the name of the knowledge of the world. The world as a whole, interdependent and interrelated. This understanding of the world was the cause of the tragedy that occurred in the head and soul of the great physicist after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

When the theory was created, it seemed that it was so far...

from practical application. But before Einstein loomed the ghost of Hitler, armed with an atomic bomb. Intuitive confidence that the work of the great physicist has not only theoretical significance, began to be justified. In 1939, Einstein sent a warning letter to the US president about working with uranium in Germany. In America, preparations for the creation of its atomic bomb began. In 1940, he wrote a second letter about the growing interest of Nazi Germany towards uranium. In April 1945, in a new letter to the US president, Einstein already expresses the alarm that America can use this already created atomic bomb. And in August two bombs were dropped on two Japanese cities. Now one of the main theoretical conclusions of the scientist has found application. The scientist perceived the world as a whole,

The sense of responsibility for science – that’s what lived in it together with genius. Einstein was tormented not only by the tragedy of the atomic bomb. He was worried about all the evil that the scientific discoveries used to destroy the world can do to the world. He understood that every discovery, every idea can become a weapon in aggressive hands. And he suffered without seeing the opportunity to prevent it.

To finish it would be desirable somewhere read by comparison of great people with Gulliver. When Gulliver was alive, the Lilliputians heard at night the beating of his heart. Such a feeling was with people, while Einstein was alive. The very thought that in such a land such a person lives with them, inspired in Einstein’s contemporaries confidence in the power and immortality of reason. And then Einstein died. The heart of the giant is silent. People felt it. Previously, such a feeling arose when a large public figure or a brilliant writer was dying. In April 1955, for the first time such a sensation caused the death of the Scientist.


Long live Archimedes!