For the genius in you!
Albert Einstein: the absent-minded genius who gave us the theory of relativity (two of them, in fact, special theory and general theory of relativity). You must think that a genius like him would have had no difficulties in life. But that’s where you are wrong. Here are 5 things about Einstein that you probably didn’t know before, to inspire the genius in you:
1. Einstein had speech difficulty as a child.
Einstein had trouble piecing entire sentences together and would often mutter sentences under his breath until he got them right before he spoke aloud. This happened until he was nine years old. And naturally, his parents were very concerned about this.
Not just Einstein, but many brilliant people developed speech relatively late in childhood. This condition was named The Einstein Syndrome by Thomas Sowell.
2. He favoured Science & Math over Literature, in very early years.
Einstein’s formal education began at age six, when he enrolled in the Petersschule on Blumenstrasse, a Catholic elementary school in Munich. Since his parents were not practicing Jews, they cared more about the school’s academic standards than its religious affiliation. Einstein did well in school, but he was a quiet child and kept his distance from his peers. He was uncomfortable with the principle of absolute obedience and the military drills that dominated the school’s atmosphere. The young Einstein preferred to build houses of cards and play with his sister at home.
At the age of ten, Einstein was accepted into the Luitpold Gymnasium in Munich, a formal and respected institution that emphasized Latin and Greek over mathematics and science. Unhappy with the educational program at school, Einstein turned to a course of personal study outside of school. His Uncle Jakob lent him a book of algebra and sent him math puzzles to solve. In addition, a twenty-one-year-old medical student named Max Talmud, a friend of Einstein’s family, lent him books on popular science and philosophy that the young boy eagerly devoured.
3. He failed his University entrance exams.
In 1895, at the age of 17, Albert Einstein applied for early admission into the Swiss Federal Polytechnical School (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule or ETH). He passed the math and science sections of the entrance exam, but failed the rest (history, languages, geography, etc.)! Einstein had to go to a trade school before he retook the exam and was finally admitted to ETH a year later.
4. His job in the patent office paved way for his research.
After graduating, Einstein spent almost two frustrating years searching for a teaching post. Einstein secured a job in Bern at the Federal Office for Intellectual Property, the patent office, as an assistant examiner. He evaluated patent applications for a variety of devices including a gravel sorter and an electromechanical typewriter.In 1903, Einstein’s position at the Swiss Patent Office became permanent, although he was passed over for promotion until he “fully mastered machine technology”.
Much of his work at the patent office related to questions about transmission of electric signals and electrical-mechanical synchronization of time, two technical problems that show up conspicuously in the thought experiments that eventually led Einstein to his radical conclusions about the nature of light and the fundamental connection between space and time.
5. He was a great musician.
If the whole “genius” thing didn’t work out, Einstein could have become a violinist. His mother played piano so he had the love of music instilled in him—via violin lessons—at the young age of five.
Like Einstein, every student has a different affinity for subjects & a different pace of learning. Students are not homogenous. So, don’t beat yourself up, do your best and learn at your own pace. If you run into trouble or need some help with a study problem, feel free to shoutout to other peer students on Exampl (download the app on http://bit.ly/getexampl )