Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879, in Ulm, Germany. His parents were Hermann and Pauline Einstein. Albert’s father was an accountant but he was also a businessman, working with his brother, Jacob. Jacob Einstein was an inventor and together the Einstein brothers invented and sold a variety of electrical equipment. At this time, electric lights were just starting to replace gas lights. As a child, Albert was a considerable worry to his parents: he did not begin to talk until he reached the age of three. As the story goes, he finally spoke at a family dinner one night, skipping over baby language and astounding everyone with a fully-formed sentence, “The soup is too hot.”

“Because up to now. During this time. does a leaf fall down while the moon stays suspended in the sky? He was fortunate that his parents and uncle were scientifically minded and were able to help answer his questions. but other subjects were difficult for him.When asked why he had not spoken before. Why. Instead. Many other parent –and teachers. Albert excelled in science and mathematics because of his natural interest in these subjects. he took his toys extremely seriously and would play with them endlessly. A real turning point in Albert’s “education” happened when he was five. Albert struggled to understand why its needle always pointed north. the teacher could punish wrong answers with beatings. Albert’s shyness did not extend to adults. His teachers had few hopes he would ever amount to anything. In 1885. if he wanted to know the answers to questions. The classes were generally boring with students forced to generally boring with students forced to memorize and repeat exactly what their teacher said. Albert still did not like to talk a great deal. Typical of these were questions about gravity. And he had many questions. Nor did he like to play with other children. trying to understand exactly how they worked. Fortunately. Albert started school but immediately hated it. everything was in order. he replied. like many children.would have laughed and ignored him.” After this first discussion. for example. He fell sick and was confined to bed. Under the German system of the time. . his father gave him a present that was to fascinate him as much as his question about the moon: a magnetic compass.

it’s necessary to count the beats of the music to stay in time with each other. By the time he was sixteen. By the time he was twelve. Answering those questions would lead him to the Nobel Prize as well as ideas that made possible the creation of the atomic bomb. . his mother played piano and encouraged Albert to take up the violin. Max Talmey. and Max was a frequent visitor to the Einstein home. although he wasn’t the best player. but one fellow musician complained about him. Albert knew much more than Max and more than math teachers. It was the custom for families to help out university students by inviting them for dinner. When playing music with others. He enjoyed playing the violin for the rest of his life. Albert had begun to ask questions about the nature of light and gravity. Albert always had many questions for Max about mathematics and science. Einstein-the most famous mathematician of all time-couldn’t count! Another turning point in Albert’s education was his introduction to a young medical student. He joked that sailing was a wonderful sport because it required so little energy. and Max began supplying Albert with advanced textbooks on these subjects. Albert often played with other mathematicians and physicists in small groups.Outside of school. Albert discovered other interests: sailing and music. As for music.

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