Essay by Anonymous UserUniversity, Bachelor'sA, April 1996

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Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany on March 14, 1874. Before his first birthday, his

family had moved to Munich where young Albert's father, Hermann Einstein, and uncle

set up a small electro-chemical business. He was fortunate to have an excellent family

with which he held a strong relationship. Albert's mother, Pauline Einstein, had an

intense passion for music and literature, and it was she that first introduced her son to

the violin in which he found much joy and relaxation. Also, he was very close with his

younger sister, Maja, and they could often be found in the lakes that were scattered

about the countryside near Munich.

As a child, Einstein's sense of curiosity had already begun to stir. A favorite toy of his

was his father's compass, and he often marvelled at his uncle's 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 disabled.

Einstein's post-basic education began at the Luitpold Gymnasium when he was ten. It

was here that he first encountered the German spirit through the school's strict

disciplinary policy. His disapproval of this method of teaching led to his reputation as a

rebel. It was probably these differences that caused Einstein to search for knowledge at

home. He began not with science, but with religion. He avidly studied the Bible seeking

truth, but this religious fervor soon died down when he discovered the intrigue of science

and math. To him, these seemed much more realistic than ancient stories. With this

new knowledge he disliked class even more, and was eventually expelled from Luitpold

Gymnasium being considered a disruptive influence.

Feeling that he could no longer...