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Albert Einstein One of the Smartest People to Live One of the smartest people ever to live Albert Einstein changed our societys development forever with his views theories and developments Einstein was born in Ulm Germany on March 14 1879 He was the only son of Hermann and Pauline Kech Einstein He spent his youth in Munich where his family owned a small electrical equipment plant He did not talk until the age of three and by the age of nine was still not fluent in his native language Discovering World History His parents were actually concerned the he might be somewhat mentally retarded His parents concerns aside even as a youth Einstein showed a brilliant curiosity about nature and an ability to understand difficult mathematical concepts At the age of 12 he taught himself Euclidian Geometry Einstein hated the dull regimental and unimaginative spirit of school in Munich Albert Einsteins Early Life His parents wisely thought to transfer him out of that environment Although Einsteins family was Jewish he was sent to a Catholic elementary school from 1884 to 1889 He was then enrolled at the Luitpold Gymnasium in Munich In 1894 Hermann Einsteins business failed and the family moved to Pavia near Milan Italy Einstein was left behind in Munich to allow him to finish school Such was not to be the case however since he left the gymnasium after only six more months Einsteins biographer Philip Frank explains that Einstein so thoroughly despised formal schooling that he devised a scheme by which he received a medical excuse from school on the basis of a potential nervous breakdown He then convinced a mathematics teacher to certify that he was adequately prepared to begin his college studies without a high school diploma Other biographies however state that Einstein was expelled from the gymnasium on the grounds that he was a disruptive influence at the school Discovering World History In
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