Friday, February 18, 2011

The Streak: The Thirteenth Time, Out Of The Last 55 Times, That Clemson Lost A Basketball Game in Chapel Hill…

Albert Einstein was still alive…

The Streak: Game Thirteen, December 3, 1955 – North Carolina 73, Clemson 58.

The relatively new ACC continued to be unkind to Clemson. The Tigers finished the year 9-17 and 1-13 in the league.  The Clemson records show one ACC win, but their game-by-game results show a win against South Carolina and Virginia – both were in the ACC at the time.  The Tigers other victories came against Florida State, Tennessee, Miami, The Citadel (twice) and Furman.

North Carolina finished the year 18-5 and 11-3 in the ACC.  The Tar Heels were ranked 13th in the final AP poll and were poised for a National Championship run the next season.  The Heels defeated Virginia in the opening round of the ACC tournament, but lost to Wake Forest (who would lose to eventual champion N.C. State) in the next round.

N.C. State went to the NCAA Tournament as the sole representative of the ACC only to lose to Canisius in the first round…

Albert Einstein was born March 14, 1879 in Germany.  A theoretical physicist, Einstein discovered the theory of general relativity which revolutionized physics (which, as you know, isn’t all that entertaining.) For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded as the “father of modern physics.”

He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect." (So, we've got that going for us...)

Near the beginning of his career, Einstein thought that Newtonian mechanics could no longer reconcile the laws of classical mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field. (Admit, you were stumped by this as well.)  This led to the development of his special theory of relativity. He realized, however, that the principle of relativity could also be extended to gravitational fields, and with his subsequent theory of gravitation in 1916, he published a paper on the general theory of relativity.

Einstein at 14.
Einstein escaped from Nazi Germany in 1933 and became a U.S. citizen in 1940. On the eve of World War II, he helped alert President Franklin D. Roosevelt that Germany might be developing an atomic weapon, and recommended that the U.S. begin nuclear research.  Presto-changeo, the Manhattan Project.    

Einstein published more than 300 scientific papers and received honorary doctorate degrees in science, medicine and philosophy from many European and American universities. His great intelligence and originality have made the word "Einstein" synonymous with genius in English, but profanity in Japanese.

Einstein fell ill (again) in April 1955, from a previously repaired abdominal aortic aneurysm. He refused surgery, saying: "I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly." 

He died in Princeton Hospital early the next morning at the age of 76.

During his autopsy, Einstein's brain was removed for preservation (without the permission of his family or Ted Williams' family) in the hope that the neuroscience of the future would be able to discover what made Einstein so intelligent.

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