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Published by John Wiley Sons Sept 97Of all the scientists to emerge from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries there is onewhose name is known by almost all living people While most of these do not understandthis mans work everyone knows that its impact on the world of science is astonishingYes many have heard of Albert Einsteins General Theory of relativity but few knowabout the intriguing life that led this scientist to discover what some have called Thegreatest single achievement of human thoughtEinstein was born in Ulm Germany on March 14 1874 Before his first birthday hisfamily had moved to Munich where young Alberts father Hermann Einstein and uncle setup a small electro-chemical business He was fortunate to have an excellent family withwhich he held a strong relationship Alberts mother Pauline Einstein had an intensepassion for music and literature and it was she that first introduced her son to the violin inwhich he found much joy and relaxation As a child Einsteins sense of curiosity had already begun to stir A favorite toy of his washis fathers compass and he often marveled at his uncles explanations of algebraAlthough young Albert was intrigued by certain mysteries of science he was considered aslow learner His failure to become fluent in German until the age of nine even led someteachers to believe he was disabledEinsteins post-basic education began at the Luitpold Gymnasium when he was ten It washere that he first encountered the German spirit through the schools strict disciplinarypolicy His disapproval of this method of teaching led to his reputation as a rebel It wasprobably these differences that caused Einstein to search for knowledge at home Hebegan not with science but with religion He avidly studied the Bible seeking truth butthis all changed when he discovered science and mathematics To him these seemed muchmore realistic than ancient stories With this new knowledge he disliked class even moreand was eventually expelled from Luitpold Gymnasium being considered a disruptive
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