Thinking Outside the Box Imagine all the things one encounters during everyday life. Try to also imagine being a person who cannot stand not knowing how those things work. This was the kind of unique person that Albert Einstein was. His obsession with how things worked began when his father, Hermann Einstein, gave him a compass. The fact that the magnetic needle behaved as if influenced by some hidden force field, rather than through the more familiar mechanical method involving touch or contact, produced a sense of wonder that motivated him throughout his life (Isaacson 13). Einsteinâ€™s different way of thinking is one explanation for his vast knowledge. Albert Einsteinâ€™s accomplishments during his lifetime have greatly influenced todayâ€™s science world. Albert Einstein had a considerably normal childhood. He was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany. He had a younger sister named Maria but the family called her Maja. She was born in November 1881. When Einstein met his baby sister for the first time he had mistaken her as his new toy. His response was to look at her and exclaim, â€œYes but where are the wheels?â€ (Isaacson 11). His father, Hermann Einstein, was a Jewish businessman who had a knack for math and whose job required him and his family to move frequently. Since Hermann was a businessman, Albertâ€™s parents were considered middle-class Jews (Brita. Einsteinâ€™s mother, Pauline, was a homemaker and an accomplished pianist. Since Pauline had a love for music, naturally she wanted her son to have one as well. She arranged for Albert to take violin lessons. He was hesitant at first, but that quickly changed when he first heard Mozartâ€™s sonatas. Music became both magical and emotional to him (Isaacson 14). When Einstei... .... He continued to exam the brain and came to the conclusion that Einstein had more brain cells than the considered normal amount (Bragg 156). It is still not definite if that is the cause for Einsteinâ€™s excessive knowledge. Albert Einstein was a man of many traits. He was wacky, eccentric, and sometimes a loner. He felt no desire to dress the part of a scientific genius. Sweatpants and a hooded jacket always sufficed. His accomplishments and achievements inspired many scientists to venture off into the unknown with hope of finding new information. Although some considered his nontraditional lifestyle a hindrance, he pushed through the inevitable and continued on with his life. There is no question that Albert Einstein is still the most influential scientist of the twentieth century or that his accomplishments have greatly influenced todayâ€™s science world.
Paper The value of music education in society has been a significant subject since the time of Plato. Plato wrote about music education in his famous work the Republic: â€¦Education in music is most sovereign, because more than anything else rhythm and harmony find their way to the inmost soul and take strongest hold upon it, bringing with them and imparting grace, if one is rightly trained, and otherwise the contrary. And further, because omissions and the failure of beauty in things badly made or grown would be most quickly perceived by one who was properly educated in music, and so, feeling distaste rightly, he would praise beautiful things and take delight in them and receive them into his soul to foster its growth and become himself beautiful and good. (Mark, 2002, p.6) Music education is in danger of being lost to the new generations attending school. It is too important to be cast aside, and technology can be used to aid in the fight to save music education. Importance of Education The importance of music education can be seen by examining numerous scholarly articles. The National Association for Music Education (MENC) believes that music education will help children to grow and perform well in society, school, life, and increasing their intellect (MENC, 2002). According to the American Arts Alliance Fact Sheet from October of 1996, music helps in society because it will â€œcreate jobs, increase the local tax base, boost tourism, spur growth in related businesses and improve the overall quality of life for our cities and townsâ€ (MENC, 2002). Music education helps improve test scores in school; the College-Bound Seniors National Report stated that students who took classes in performing music scored 57 points more on the verbal section of the SATs and 41 points more on the math. Music education increases the intellect of students. Instruction in music is better than instruction in computer literacy because it increases the ability for children to learn reasoning skills (MENC, 2002). Another article called â€œMusic Makes You Smarterâ€ discusses â€œan important link between musical training and other cognitive abilities, particularly spatial abilities â€“ the abstract reasoning that is used for understanding relationships between objects such as, for example, when calculating a proportion or playing chessâ€ (Rausher, 1997). Music education is very important because it challenges students to think ahead such as when reading lines of music before playing them (Rausher, 1997).