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Simon Marius

Simon Marius (Latinized from German Simon Mayr; January 20, 1573 – January 5, 1625) was a German astronomer. He was born in Gunzenhausen, near Nuremberg, but he spent most of his life in the city of Ansbach. He is most noted for making the first observations of the four largest moons of Jupiter, before Galileo himself, and his publication of his discovery led to charges of plagiarism. He is also known for the first European observation of the Andromeda Galaxy.

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Name(s):
      Simon Marius
Birth:
      January 20, 1573, Gunzenhausen, Germany
Death:
      January 5, 1625, Ansbach, Germany
Discovered:
      Europa, Ganymede
Known for:
      Jupiter, Andromeda Galaxy


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Nicolaus Copernicus

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Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein (/ˈaɪnstaɪn/; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈaɪnʃtaɪn]; 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). Einstein’s work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. Einstein is best known by the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”). He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”, a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory.

Near the beginning of his career, Einstein thought that Newtonian mechanics was no longer enough to reconcile the laws of classical mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field. This led him to develop his special theory of relativity during his time at the Swiss Patent Office in Bern (1902–1909), Switzerland. He realized, however, that the principle of relativity could also be extended to gravitational fields, and with his subsequent theory of gravitation in 1916, he published a paper on general relativity. He continued to deal with problems of statistical mechanics and quantum theory, which led to his explanations of particle theory and the motion of molecules. He also investigated the thermal properties of light which laid the foundation of the photon theory of light. In 1917, Einstein applied the general theory of relativity to model the large-scale structure of the universe.

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Albert Einstein

Name(s):
      Albert Einstein
Occupation:
      Theoretical Physicist
Birth:
      March 14, 1879, Ulm, Germany
Death:
      April 18, 1955, Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Spouse:
      Elsa Einstein (m. 1919–1936), Mileva Marić (m. 1903–1919)
Children:
      Eduard Einstein, Lieserl Einstein, Hans Albert Einstein

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Quotes:

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

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

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.


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