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Of all the scientists to emerge from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries there is one whose name is known by almost every person in the world While most of these people do not understand his work everyone knows that his impact on the world of science is amazing Many people have heard of Albert Einsteins General Theory of relativity but not many people know of his life that led him to discover what scientists have called The greatest single achievement of human thoughtEinstein was born in Ulm Germany on March 14 1874 Before he was a year old his family had moved to Munich where young Alberts father Hermann Einstein and uncle set up a small electro-chemical business He was fortunate to have a family with which he held strong relationships Alberts mother Pauline Einstein had an intense passion for music and literature she introduced her son to the violin in which he found much joy and relaxation Also he was very close with his younger sister Maja they could often be found in the lakes that were scattered about the countryside near Munich A favorite toy of his was his fathers compass and he often marveled at his uncles explanations of algebra Although young Albert was intrigued by certain mysteries of science he was considered a slow learner His failure to become fluent in German until the age of nine even led some teachers to believe he was disabledEinsteins elementary education began at the Luitpold Gymnasium when he was ten Here he first encountered the German spirit through the schools strict disciplinary policy His disapproval of this method of teaching led to his reputation as a bad student and a rebel It was probably this kind of education that caused Einstein to search for knowledge on his own Surprisingly he did not begin looking for science but for religion He avidly studied the Bible seeking truth but he stopped studying the bible when he
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