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In view of his birthday, I would like to list out 10 surprising Albert Einstein facts that prove there was a lot more to the man than E = mc2
1. MentorMax Talmey - he was an Opthalmologist best known for mentoring Einstein. While Einstein was a student at the Munich medical school, Max Talmey strongly influenced the education of Albert Einstein.
2. SpeechEinstein was supposedly slow to talk - the man himself told his biographer he didn't start speaking until at least age three. Stanford economist Dr. Thomas Sowell even coined the controversial term "Einstein Syndrome" to describe exceptionally bright people whose speech is delayed.
3. President Einstein?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. Einstein, age 73, declined the offer. Einstein stated that he lacked the "natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people."
4. Did Einstein flunk math?One widely held belief about Einstein is that he failed math as a student.The allegation even made it into the famous "Ripley's Believe it or Not!" newspaper column. Alas, Einstein's childhood offers history many savory ironies, but this is not one of them.Overall, Einstein was an average student, but math was one area where he excelled, unsurprisingly.
5. He did, however, fail his university entrance exam.In 1895, a 16-year-old Einstein took the entrance exam for the Swiss Federal Polytechnic, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics school. While he had exceptional scores in physics and math, his other scores weren't good enough and he failed the exam as a whole.
6. No socksPart of Einstein's charm was his disheveled look. In addition to his uncombed hair, one of Einstein's peculiar habits was to never wear socks. To Einstein, socks were a pain because they often would get holes in them.
7. He could have been a great musicianEinstein was not only a genius known for his exploits towards science, he was also very good at playing the violin his mother had gifted him at the age of 5.
8. Inventor of the refrigerator?More than two decades after publishing his Theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein co-invented a refrigerator (with his former student Leo Szilard) that operated on compressed gases. Einstein was moved to create the device after reading about a Berlin family killed by toxic fumes from their fridge.
9. He Was Driven to Science by a Compass. When Einstein was just five years old, his father gave him a compass as a gift. Einstein did not fully understand how the compass worked, and so his curiosity eventually led him to pursue science as a career.
10. His Name Is an Anagram. The name Albert Einstein can actually be taken apart and reconstructed as Ten Elite Brains. This is shockingly coincidental since Einstein probably had the intelligence of 10 people at least.