Think about what kind of mind it would take to answer a complex question posed by Albert Einstein. Since we're all familiar with just how brilliant Einstein was, and of how much his contributions to physics literally changed the world, you can bet that it would take a pretty bright fellow to put forth an answer from the master himself.
The bright fellow who was able to fill in some of Einstein's blanks was none other than Karl Schwarzschild – a brilliant scientist and world changer by his own right.
Born in Germany in October of 1873, Karl Schwarzschild was a solid physicist by all accounts. But it was when he provided the first exact solution to Einstein's field equations of relativity that he stepped into his role as the modern-day answer man in the world of physics.
He formulated and published his answer to these equations in 1915, and it ultimately led to famous Schwarzschild radius – which describes the size of the event horizon of a non-rotating black hole. Pretty amazing breakthrough indeed…
And how did Einstein feel about Karl Schwarzschild 's answer to his equations? As it turns out he was quite pleased, and even surprised that such complex equations would yield a precise, exact solution.
As is usually the case with brilliant scientific minds, Karl Schwarzschild had more tricks up his sleeve, besides providing the answer to Einstein's equations (which was no small feat…)
Before he even took this huge step forward, he had already developed a formula that would calculate the optical density of photographic material.
This leap forward in photographic sciences led to some of the modern day leaps in the technology of taking high resolution photographs and capturing detailed video footage.
Karl Schwarzschild : His Legacy
From just the few things we've discussed so far, it's apparent that Karl Schwarzschild left behind quite an impressive legacy.
But his professional work was only a part of the legacy that Karl Schwarzschild passed on to the world. His own son, Martin Schwarzschild went on to become one of the world's leading astrophysicists.
So it really does appear that genius is in the genes, as it isn't that often that two such brilliant minds end up coming from the same family.
Having all the answers is something that no one will every be able to do. But for Karl Schwarzschild, having the answers to some of the world's most complex equations certainly turned out to be a proof positive of just how much knowledge this man had to impart to the world.