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Of all the scientists to emerge from the nineteenth and twentieth centuriesthere is onewhose name is known by almost all living people While most of these do notunderstandthis mans work everyone knows that its impact on the world of science isastonishing Yesmany have heard of Albert Einsteins General Theory of relativity but fewknow about theintriguing life that led this scientist to discover what some have calledThe greatest singleachievement of human thoughtEinstein was born in Ulm Germany on March 14 1874 Before his first birthdayhis familyhad moved to Munich where young Alberts father Hermann Einstein and uncleset up asmall electro-chemical business He was fortunate to have an excellent familywith which heheld a strong relationship Alberts mother Pauline Einstein had an intensepassion formusic and literature and it was she that first introduced her son to theviolin in which hefound much joy and relaxation Also he was very close with his younger sisterMaja andthey could often be found in the lakes that were scattered about the countrysidenearMunichAs a child Einsteins sense of curiosity had already begun to stir A favoritetoy of his washis fathers compass and he often marvelled at his uncles explanationsof algebra Althoughyoung Albert was intrigued by certain mysteries of science he was considereda slowlearner His failure to become fluent in German until the age of nine evenled some teachersto believe he was disabledEinsteins post-basic education began at the Luitpold Gymnasium when he wasten It washere that he first encountered the German spirit through the schools strictdisciplinarypolicy His disapproval of this method of teaching led to his reputationas a rebel It wasprobably these differences that caused Einstein to search for knowledge athome He begannot with science but with religion He avidly studied the Bible seekingtruth but thisreligious fervor soon died down when he discovered the intrigue of scienceand math Tohim these seemed much more realistic than ancient stories With this newknowledge hedisliked class even more and was eventually expelled from Luitpold Gymnasiumbeingconsidered a disruptive influenceFeeling that
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