Argumentative Essay on Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein




Albert Einstein


Albert Einstein’s striking theories made him a captivating scientist from the early 1920’s
into the 1940’s. Many believe he fabricated the most significant scientific discoveries
of the 20th century.

Albert Einstein was born in Germany on March 14, 1879, into a small Jewish family. He had
an estranged childhood, and surprisingly, he never spoke until he was three years old.
Einstein was one of those kids who couldn’t stand the boring teachings of school,
although, he was unbelievably bright. He taught himself Euclidean geometry at age
twelve.(www.groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/)

He grew up primarily in Munich, Germany, where his family owned a shop that manufactured
electrical devices. When repeated business failure struck his family business they were
forced to move to Milan, Italy, to start over. He used this as an excuse to quit school.
His family business failed again in Milan. At this point, Einstein decided he would have
to make his own way in life. He decided to finish school in Arrau, Switzerland.(Encarta
’96) He even wrote one of his essays on his future plans:(which he only got a little over
half marks for)

"If I were to have good fortune to pass my examinations, I would go to Zurich. I would
stay there for four years in order to study mathematics and physics. I imagine myself
becoming a teacher in those branches of natural sciences, choosing my theoretical part of
them. Here are the reasons which lead me to this plan. Above all, it is my disposition
for abstract and mathematical thought, and my lack of imagination and practical ability."
(www.groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/)

Soon after, he entered the Swiss National Polytechnic in Zürich. He hated the teaching
methods there and often skipped class to play his violin or to study physics on his own.
He graduated by studying a friend’s notes to pass the final exams. Irritated by his small
attention span, his teachers wouldn’t give him recommendations for university positions as
a professor. Around this time he wrote, "I have given up the ambition to get to a
university…"(www.groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/) So he got off for the next two years as a
tutor and a substitute teacher. (Encarta ’96)

Then, in 1902 he acquired a job as an examiner at the Swiss patent office in Bern. In
1903 he married Mileve Mirac, who was his classmate at the polytechnic. They had two
sons and later divorced. (Encarta ’96)
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