In civilization there have been few individuals that leave a legacy of ideas that have impacted on society forever. Albert Einstein the German-born scientist was one of the gifted few. Despite being one of the greatest thinkers ever to grace the world with his presence, Einstein flunked out of grade school miserably (Poole). He was a terrible English student, because of his poor grammar skills (Poole). At one point a teacher actually told Einsteinís parents that he was mentally challenged. He was actually recommended for "special classes"(Brown). His parent did not believe this, they could see that he was different, but far from mentally challenged. There perseverance was soon proved well worth it. Albert Einstein, may be considered the most famous, influential, and controversial scientist of his time, and possibly ever.

Albert Einstein, the German American physicist was born in Ulm, Germany on March 14, 1879 (Grolier). He may have contributed more than any other scientist to 20th century physics. Einstein\'s life is filled with amazing quirks, one example is he did not speak until he was three years old (Poole). He was told by his teachers that he not intelligent, it would be a sever understatement to say that Einstein proved his teachers wrong. At 19 Einstein failed an examination that would have allowed him to get a diploma as an electrical engineer (Grolier). This failure further illustrates Einsteinís inability to think on a down to earth basis. Later in life, even after Einstein was recognized as a genius, he had many strange problems. For instance, Einstein was never able to drive an automobile, the reason being that he could not concentrate on the road for more than a few minutes. His mind was to busy devising theories and thinking in a more complicated manner than most people can comprehend. After teaching at Princeton for years, he still did not know what time his classes started, or even where they were. A messenger had to be sent to retrieve him for each class (Cavanaugh). Einstein died in Princeton, N.J. on April 18, 1955 of what was said to be natural causes (Grolier).

Einsteinís accomplishments include the discovery and invention of many theories. One of them is the theory of the photoelectric effect which is when certain metals emit electrons when illuminated by light with a given frequency. Einstein\'s theory formed the idea of quantum mechanics. Einstein is most famous for his theory of relativity. The basic theory of relativity is, the laws of physics have to have the same form in any frame of reference.

Einstein\'s life has had many positive effects on the world. His theories are the basis of modern physics. He revolutionized the field with his theory of relativity. With this he proved that all things are relative according to your point of view. This helped explain motion and the way in which light moved. From this theory scientists were able to study things that were moving too fast to see, such as the atom.

This theory gave new and accelerated effects to the study of the atom. scientists were able to do this by changing their point of view using Einstein\'s complicated equation. No one before him was able to explore so deeply into the sciences. This theory even helped study the speed of waves used in our modern television sets. With Einsteinís thinking, science was brought into the space age. His impact was so great that his teachings are used in all parts of the world. Out of all of Einsteinís ideas perhaps none was more influential than his ideas of nuclear power. This idea was the basis of the largest technological advancement of the twentieth century.

Nuclear energy is now used to power numerous things in our civilization. Nuclear power is one of the cleanest and most efficient energy sources available today. The amount of energy in one gram of uranium, is enough to power a city for weeks(Grolier). There are nuclear power plants in nearly all industrialized countries of the world. In the 50 years since the discovery of fission, nuclear power has become a major source of the world\'s electric energy. "At the end of 1989 there were 416 nuclear plants operating worldwide, generating about 17% of the world\'s electricity, with another 130 in the design or