November 14, 1908: Albert Einstein presents quantum theory on light
Quantum physics lovers rejoice! On November 14, 1908, the scientist who unveiled his radical theory of relativity, Albert Einstein, presented his quantum theory about light. The progressive ideas of Albert Einstein shook up the science world and inspired greater research about our universe.
The creation of genius
Einstein was born March 14, 1879, in Ulm, Germany. Before being lauded as a brilliant scientist and becoming world renown, Einstein was a rebel and even dropped out of school at one point. Considering that developing innovative theories require thinking outside of the box, it makes sense Einstein couldn’t stand authoritarian-style education and thinking.
Albert Einstein managed to devise all of his theories on relativity and light using the power of his mind and mental experiments. While working as a clerk at the Bern Swiss Patent Office in 1905, the slow-talking daydreamer was quietly working out unique ideas. Therefore, Einstein proved the power of imagination and downtime to increase productivity and innovation, while simultaneously disproving busywork alone gets anyone anywhere.
An illuminating concept
1905 was considered to be Einstein’s year of miracles, as he published four mind-blowing articles on theoretical physics that year. Einstein may have worked as a clerk for his day job, but his side hustle was debating wild ideas about physics and holding onto a doctoral candidacy.
The modern science world agreed on what they understood about light, but certain fundamentals about mechanics needed to be worked out. In 1908, Einstein presented his Quantum Theory of Light, which divulged that light operated at a constant speed despite space and time, and that light was composed of tiny particles which gave it a wavelike function.
Before Einstein presented the culmination of his many mental experiments, scientists still hotly debated out-there ideas about the nature of our universe, light, and relativity. Thanks to hard work and dedication to flights of fancy, Einstein’s constant daydreaming garnered him the title of ‘Father of Relativity,’ and later, a Nobel Prize.
Thanks to anti-authoritarianism, Einstein’s theories on reality were conceived, and later widely accepted as authoritative ideas worth respecting.