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6 Things you didn’t know about Albert Einstein

6 Things you didn’t know about Albert Einstein

It’s the 138th birthday of the world’s most iconic scientific genius. Here are 6 facts about the extraordinary man that reshaped science. Einstein is also one of the most popular figures in our “Heroes” exhibition for children and families.

 

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photo: -/AFP/Getty Images

  1. Einstein and the violin

Einstein’s mother, Pauline, was an accomplished pianist, so he had the love of music instilled in him via violin lessons at the young age of five. Einstein continued to play the violin until the last few years of his life.

 

  1. Presidency of Israel

A few days after Zionist leader and first President of Israel Chaim Weizmann died on November 9, 1952, Einstein was asked if he would accept the position of being the second president of Israel.

 

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photo: Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images

  1. Einstein and sailing

Einstein loved to sail. Even though Einstein never learned to swim, he kept sailing as a hobby throughout his life.

 

  1. Nobel Prize for?

Einstein gave us E=mc², one of his greatest contributions. He also won the Nobel Prize in 1921. Neither is a surprise, right? But the shocker is this: Einstein did not win for the theory of relativity, but rather for the photoelectric effect.

 

photo: (Getty Images)

photo: (Getty Images)

No socks

He really didn’t like socks, and usually didn’t wear them. In fact, in a letter to Lowenthal, he bragged about getting away “without wearing socks” while at Oxford.

He did not fail maths

Einstein did not fail math at school! Sorry to ruin this one, but contrary to the urban myth biographer Walter Isaacson visited Einstein’s high school in Ulm, Germany, and discovered that young Albert Einstein was one of the school’s best students ever. Never failing whatsoever.

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