Albert Einstein

Essay by Faustino LopezHigh School, 11th gradeA-, October 1990

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Of all the scientists to emerge from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries there is one whose

name is known by almost all living people. While most of these do not understand this man's

work, everyone knows that its impact on the world of science is astonishing. Yes, many

have heard of Albert Einstein's General Theory of relativity, but few know about the

intriguing life that led this scientist to discover what some have called, 'The greatest single

achievement of human thought.'

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.