The genius that Albert Einstein was!
Albert Einstein’s scientific theories and mathematical ideas made him nothing less than a genius. But this genius was also a pacifist and supported civil rights. There is more to Einstein than his genius. On his birthday, let’s find out more about him.
- The baby Einstein was born with a “swollen, misshapen head and a grossly overweight body,” according to Denis Brian’s book, Einstein: A Life. His grandmother looked at him terrified and screamed, “Much too fat! Much too fat!”
- While today parents get upset about their babies touching growing milestones, there would be a relief to some knowing this that Einstein did not start speaking until the age of 2!
- We all know that he was intelligent. But did you know that Einstein would study mathematics and physics for fun? He mastered differential and integral calculus by the age of 15.
- Einstein hated rote learning and refused to study subjects that didn’t interest him. So when he took the entrance exam to the polytechnic school in Zurich, he flunked the language, zoology, and botany sections.
- A lot of websites claim that Einstein’s IQ was 160 but the truth is his IQ was never tested. And now we would never know.
- Einstein loved music. Whenever he needed to relax, he turned to music. He started violin lessons at age 5 and, at around 17, impressed his teachers at cantonal school with his playing during a music exam. Around 1914, when Einstein lived in Berlin, he’d play sonatas with his friend and fellow theoretical physicists.
- We all know that being a parent changes everything. Well, something similar happened with Einstein. After his son was born, Einstein became so busy with work and his upbringing that he used to forget to comb his hair. He stopped visiting the barber, and an iconic look was born!
- On his 72nd birthday, Einstein was leaving an event held in his honor. As he was getting into his car, photographers asked him to smile for the camera. Einstein, however, was sick and tired of grinning for a photograph—he’d be doing it all evening—so he popped his tongue out instead. Einstein liked the photo so much, he put it on his greeting cards.
- He was also a master of patents and inventions. He secured approximately 50 patents during his lifetime.
- After the first president of the State of Israel, Chaim Weizmann, died in 1952, the Prime Minister asked Einstein to step into the (mostly ceremonial) role. The physicist, however, declined.
- Did you know that Star Wars’ Yoda was partially designed after Einstein!
- When he was 16, he renounced his German citizenship and was officially state-less until he became a Swiss citizen in 1901.
- Einstein died in April 1955 from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He had requested that his body be cremated, but in a bizarre incident, Princeton pathologist Thomas Harvey removed his famous brain during his autopsy and kept it in the hope of unlocking the secrets of his genius.