• Ryanne Harper

Birth, Death, and Pi


"The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its on reasons for existing."

- Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein, literal genius, was born on this day in 1879. He's the guy responsible for the theory of relativity, basically the backbone of modern physics, and Doc Brown's dog is named after him. Born in Germany, he later immigrated to the United States in 1933 to escape the Nazis. He later found out that his cottage had been raided by Nazis and converted into a Hitler Youth Camp, which is so gross. Every thing Nazi related is gross, though.

Of course Einstein received a million awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize, but he was also an active member of the NAACP, loved music, was a pacifist, and had THE BEST hair. Obviously.

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."

-Stephen Hawking

I woke up this morning and learned that Stephen Hawking had passed away. Like Einstein, he was a theoretical physicist, as well as a cosmologist. He was a researcher and director of the research center at Cambridge. He authored books like, A Brief History of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell, which made scientific discovery understandable to a dolt like me. He is the reason I went on to read books by other scientists in an attempt to figure out just how stuff works. Like Einstein before him, Hawking won a boat load of awards. He also made appearances on The Simpsons and, as recent as last week, voiced a character on the radio show The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

The family hasn't released the official cause of death, just that he died peacefully after suffering with ALS for years.

Today is also known as Pi Day. 3.14. You get it. I don't remember doing anything special for Pi Day at school but I have a friend who is a maths teacher and she goes all out. So, it's kind of fitting that, on Einstein's birthday and the day Stephen Hawking left us, kiddos will be nerding out on some maths.

As for me, I'm going to Pie Scout for some actual pie. We all have our own traditions.


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