5 Amazing Facts About Albert Einstein & His Life
Albert Einstein is widely credited as one of the smartest and most influential men of all time; the man responsible for E=MC2 is known as one of the greatest geniuses of his generation, who helped us to unlock some of the most important discoveries of our lifetime.
However, Einstein was a much more interesting character than many may think, and here are five facts about the man behind the maths…
5He Couldn’t Master Driving
For a man who has mastered such complex scientific principles as the suggestion of equivalency between mass and energy, you would be forgiven for thinking that learning to drive a car would be a piece of cake for Einstein.
In reality, though, this was not the case. Autobiographers have found that, try as he might, Einstein was not a good driver, and soon gave up on the endeavour.
Whenever he needed to get somewhere, he had family members or friends drive him, and he never even owned a car. So, to anyone who’s struggling to pass their driving test, try not to feel too bad about it, because not even Einstein could do it…
4He Failed A University Entrance Exam
You would think that Albert Einstein, a man who was considered a genius prodigy even as a child would pass any exam with flying colours.
However, Einstein actually failed his University entrance exam.
In 1895, the 16-year-old Einstein sat an exam which would determine whether or not he’d be accepted into the prestigious Swiss Federal Polytechnic; a science, technology, engineering and mathematics school.
While he did have exceptional scores in math’s and psychics, he failed all the other areas.
However, he did go on to retake the exam and passed it on his second attempt, which just goes to show that we all make mistakes and if at first, you don’t succeed, never be afraid to try again… Had Einstein not, who knows how this would have altered the path of his career…
3He Had A Direct Hand In The Creation Of The Atomic Bombs
Albert Einstein had a direct hand in the development of atomic weaponry, though not in the way that you would probably expect.
While he did not help to create the bomb, nor did he come up with any nuclear equations, he did write a strongly worded letter to then President Franklin D. Roosevelt heavily encouraging him to research and look into the possibilities of a nuclear bomb, in the interest of national security.
And when Albert Einstein tells you something is a good idea, you run with it.
This, ultimately led to the foundation of the Manhattan Project, which produced the first nuclear weapons in history.
What is interesting is that Einstein was an outspoken pacifist, and even later on, an anti-nuclear activist.
However, at the time that Einstein sent the letter, he was concerned that the research being undertaken by the Nazi’s at the time may lead to them developing nuclear weapons before the allies did…
2He Had Some Interesting Views On Marriage
Marriage should be one of the happiest union’s that two people engage in, filled with love and happiness, but this was not the case for Einstein.
He treated his marriage more like a list of protocols and equations rather than a relationship.
During his first marriage to Mileva Maric, he gave her a full list of duties to be undertaken, as well as terms and conditions of their marriage, such as, “you will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way”. He also made it clear to his first wife that she should “stop talking” whenever he requested it and should leave a room on his demand.
It’s quite unsurprising then, that Einstein’s first marriage lasted only 3 months, before Mileva left him, took their children and headed back to Zurich, and though Einstein was reportedly very upset about his wife leaving, in a matter of weeks he was remarking how “beneficial” it was to his work to have the house all to himself.
Things get stranger though, when just three months later he and Mileva divorced, he married his own cousin, Elsa.
Einstein was apparently a much better husband to Elsa than he had been Mileva, and he was heartbroken when Elsa was diagnosed with heart and kidney problems in 1935, and when she died in 1936, Einstein’s close friends were shocked to see him so visibly upset, as he was notoriously serious and pragmatic…
1His Brain Was Actually Bigger Than Yours
Following his death in 1955 caused by internal bleeding, Einstein’s body was donated to science per his requests, and his body has been examined numerous times over the years by curious physicians and researchers.
In particular, a lot of research has been put into Einstein’s brain, which was extracted from his body a mere 7 hours after his death…
In 1999, a study was published that found that Einstein’s brain’s parietal lobe, the part that is responsible for processing visual and mathematical information was 15 percent larger than the average person’s.
This meant that Einstein might have had a more natural aptitude for solving and understanding math problems than most people.
The study also revealed that his brain lacked a parietal operculum, a small wrinkle in the brain that most people have, which may have caused the rest of his brain to work overtime to compensate for the shortcoming…