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10 Amazing Facts You Should Know About Albert Einstein

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Sherry Helms

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new”-Albert Einstein.

The epitome of genius, Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the world most famous formula E=mc2. Born in a middle-class Jewish family on March 14, 1879, Albert Einstein is best-known for his general and special theories of relativity. In 1921, he received the Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the law of photoelectric effect that was pivotal in quantum physics.

Einstein is widely regarded as the Father Of Physics, who published over 300 scientific papers including  Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, Investigations on Theory of Brownian Movement,  and The Evolution of Physics.  And, Out of My Later Years, and Ideas and opinions are possibly the most important among his non-scientific works.

Many people know him as only world-renowned physicist, but there was an exceptionally complex person behind that bushy mustache. Today, we have dug out little known facts about the life of the world smartest genius that we think every fan of Einstein would love to know about. Have a look:

10. Einstein Had Speech Difficulty As A Child

Albert Einstein did not start speaking until age 3. His parents were worried why he never spoke and thought that he was retarded. Actually, their apprehension was baseless.  As per the accounts, he was a late talker who started speaking fluently after age 9. Einstein muttered every sentence in his head until he got them correct before he spoke aloud. Thomas Sowell called this form The Einstein Syndrome and used Einstein’s name in his book Einstein Syndrome: Bright Children Who Talk Late. He wrote this book for children, who experience a delay in development of speech and who are often misdiagnosed as retarded.

9. A Pocket Compass Shaped Einstein’s Career

Einstein’s father, Hermann Einstein, gave him a simple compass when he was five years old and ill in bed. His insatiable curiosity in the unidentified things thus began. The thing which sparked his interest in science was whichever the case was turned, the needle always pointed in the same direction. He assumed that there must be some external force in the empty space that acted on the compass.

8. He Never Wore Socks

Perhaps no part of Einstein’s undeniable appeal is quite as identifiable as that of his uncombed hair, disheveled look, and pipe in his mouth. In addition of all these, one of his most weird habits was to never wear socks. He went everywhere without socks even when he was invited to the White House or to out sailing. According to him, he never had the time to put them on. Moreover, he found socks wearing a pain because they often would get holes in them.

7. Einstein Flunked Math: A Myth

One most popular rumor about Einstein is that he failed math as a student. To be honest, however, for such a great theoretical physicist, Einstein’s math was average. But, he never failed math all of his life. His school papers–while brief and clean-often contain some simple mistakes. However, here it must be kept in mind that the level of math he was doing is far beyond two-plus-two.

6. Einstein Failed His University Entrance Exam

In 1895, when Albert Einstein was 17 years old, he rather than finish his high school applied directly to the prestigious Swiss Federal Polytechnical School. Although he failed the University’s entrance exam on the first attempt, he then preferred to study at a local high school, retook the exam in October 1896, and was finally passed.

5. Einstein The Patent Clerk

Einstein had a good knowledge of patents and licensing. He got a job as an assistant patent examiner through his friend in Swiss Patent Office. His work there was to examine patent applications for electromagnetic inventions and then determining whether they were feasible or not. If they were feasible, he had to check that nobody else had been allowed a patent for the same purpose.

4. Designed An Eco-Friendly Refrigerator

In 1926, just twenty-one years after writing his Special Theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein and his former student Leó Szilárd invented a refrigerator that uses green technology. The refrigerator was patented on 11 November 1930. Their invention never went into commercial production, as the advancements in technology made it unnecessary. He decided to invent such non-toxic refrigerator when he read about a family in Germany was poisoned by a sulphur dioxide-emitting refrigerator.

 3. Einstein Married His Cousin

Einstein was married to his college girlfriend and classmate, Mileva Maric who was three years older than him. They had two sons: Hans Albert and Eduard. He estranged from his wife in 1919 and then married with his cousin- Elsa Lowenthal. For a moment, the couple tried to work out their problems: Einstein sent his wife a  strange “contract” that included autocratic demands for living together with Mileva.

2. Presidency Of Israel

He was offered the Presidency of Israel just a few days after the death of Chaim Weizmann, Zionist leader and first President of Israel, on November 9, 1952. 73 years old Einstein declined the offer stating that he was getting too old and had not enough ability and experience to deal properly with public.

1. Einstein’s Brain Was Kept In A Jar For 43 Years

After his death in 1955, his body was cremated, as was his wish. However, before the cremation of his body, the Princeton Hospital pathologist, Thomas Harvey removed Einstein’s brain- without any permission of his family- while conducting autopsy. He decided to keep his brain ostensibly for study.  He chopped up the brain into 240 pieces and stored in two mason jars. Later, he was fired from his job for illegally keeping Einstein’s brain and refusing to hand over the organ. Some days later, Harvey convinced Einstein’s son that it would facilitate science.

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