We know him as the greatest genius of his time. Albert Einstein made significant inventions & contributions to science. Throughout history, only a handful of others have matched his skills and abilities.
Even so, people mainly associate Einstein with only one little formula: E = mc2, today. Interesting to note that individuals who’ve no knowledge about mass-energy equivalence still know this one formula. That is why many consider it the most famous formula in the world.
Being one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, Einstein had a unique behavior and some peculiarities which people of his time considered “eccentric.” He was a kind, passionate man, with a great love of life and lots of talents.
Simultaneously, he was a very difficult person to live with, and his devotion to his science led him to make huge sacrifices which often left his love life in shambles. Let’s now learn more about this great physicist. Below are some interesting facts about Albert Einstein:
- Einstein is not entirely responsible for the formula: E = mc2; at least different from the way you think he’s. Some scientists including Henri Poincaré, Oliver Heaviside, and Friedrich Hasenöhrl had proposed the most significant part of the equation –the suggestion of the equivalency between energy and mass – some years before Einstein published the theory in 1905. In fact, some scientists had published the equation itself more than once, in a slightly different version, before Einstein, who takes credit for simplifying the equation and putting it into a form which made it famous.
- Albert Einstein didn’t actually fail mathematics. It’s a weird “fact” often promoted online. Perhaps, this is just an attempt to humanize his genius. But, it’s entirely false. Although Einstein was an average student, he was very good at mathematics, unsurprisingly.
- After he graduated from the school of Polytechnic in 1900, Einstein secured a job at Swiss patent office where he worked as an assistant examiner. He mainly examined patents which involved electrical signals and electronics – topics which later became the foundation for most of his significant future works.
- It’s quite true that Einstein failed his university entrance exam. At the age of 16, Einstein took an entrance exam for the Swiss Federal Polytechnic, science, engineering, mathematics, and technology school. He had excellent scores in math and physics, but the other scores were not good enough. In the end, he failed the examination as a whole.
- He contributed to the development of nuclear weapons –though not quite in the way some people think. People often misinterpret his involvement in this matter, with some claiming he aided in the creation of the atomic bombs. The truth is that he only wrote a letter to President Roosevelt encouraging him to initiate a project on such a weapon. As a result, Manhattan Project was created. This is the project that was responsible for the bomb. Although, he was a dedicated pacifist, and later, advocating for anti-nuclear weapons, Einstein believed that America needed atomic bomb before the Nazis.
- Einstein married his cousin. He married he married his cousin, Elsa Lowenthal, after divorcing his wife, Mileva Maric.Einstein was quite ruthless to his first wife in their later years of marriage. He treated her more like a servant than a spouse. He never bothered hiding his affairs. His decisions were final. At one point, he moved the whole family to Berlin without any discussion.
- In 1919, he promised his wife the Nobel Prize money (which some consider it as a tacit admission that she assisted him to come up with some of his most famous theories) upon their divorce. Interestingly, he hadn’t won the prize when he made the promise. Of course, his confidence was justified when he won the prize just 2 years later. He kept his promise and indeed gave the cash to his wife.