How To Write Albert Einstein Research Papers
Albert Einstein was certainly the most influential scientist of the 20th century, and he ranks with Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin as one of the most influential ever. This makes him a popular subject for essays and research papers. If you're planning to write a paper on Einstein it's essential to go about it the right way; many have been written before, and to stand out from the crowd you'll need to produce a high-quality piece of work. Here are some tips.
Firstly, be absolutely clear about the subject area. You might have a specific topic assigned, or you may need to choose one yourself. If you need to choose there are a number of good options. Anything from this list would be a good start:
- Einstein's education and how he developed an interest in science. Although his academic record was not uniformly good Einstein always excelled in maths and physics. He showed an interest in how things - especially invisible forces like magnetism - worked at an early age, and while his famous job in the Swiss patent office sounds inappropriate and dull it actually exposed him to many new ideas about electromagnetism which greatly interested him.
- The "Miracle Year" of 1905, when Einstein wrote four hugely significant papers. These concerned the photoelectric effect, Brownian motion, special relativity and mass-energy equivalence (the famous equation E=mc2, for which he is perhaps best known.)
- Einstein's other scientific work. During his life Einstein wrote over 300 scientific papers. As well as the ideas developed during the Miracle Year he also contributed enormously to our understanding of light, the development of the laser and (although he personally rejected it) quantum mechanics.
- His views on religion. Einstein's views on religion caused both confusion and controversy during his life, and continue to do so today. Atheists often cite him as an opponent of religion, but he denied being an atheist as he felt it was impossible to be sure that no gods exist. Theists may cite him as being pro-religion based on quotes such as "I am utterly convinced that God does not play dice with the universe." On the other hand he often became quite angry when people said he believed in a god, and dismissed the Bible as "childish." He seems to have thought of god as being the universe itself, or perhaps a detailed understanding of it, although he didn't like being called a pantheist either.
Once you have a topic make sure you stick to reliable sources. The fact is that, especially when it comes to quotes, you can't trust anything you read about Einstein on the internet unless you can verify that it came from a reliable source. Especially when it comes to his religious and political views many people use Einstein to support their own agendas and more than a few are happy to misquote him in the process. For his personal opinions the only really reliable source is his own writings.
If you identify an interesting area of research and stick to it clearly, backing up your work with good sources, it should be possible to write a good paper on Einstein quite easily.