Modern pop culture paints Einstein as a bushy-haired superthinker. His ideas, we’re told, were improbably far ahead of other scientists. He must have come from some other planet–maybe the same one Newton grew up on. We have all been fascinated by the genius, Albert Einstein. His theories and his philosophies made tremendous contributions to science as we have it today. Was Albert Einstein human? Let’s find out.

Background and Family Life

Albert Einstein was born on the 14th of March 1879 to Mr Hermann Einstein, who was both an engineer and a salesman, and Mrs Pauline Einstein. Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, which remains one of the two pillars of modern physics the other being quantum mechanics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula, which is said tto be the world’s most famous equation. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect, a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.

Not just an ordinary guy

Judging by looks, Albert Einstein didn’t appear any different from any of us. In fact, he was just an average guy working at the Patent Office, where he was a “Technical Expert, Third Class”. So what was it that made this “ordinary guy” a global superstar who was to revolutionise science?
Young Albert Einstein at the patent office.
In the past, Albert Einstein’s genius had been  ascribed to the uniqueness of his brain but many researches have debunked this as a myth and that the researches previously performed were biased because researchers knew which brain was Einstein’s and were only looking for differences. So what made Einstein different? Let’s take a dive into the things that inspired Einstein’s thinking.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” – Albert Einstein

Einstein would write that two “wonders” deeply affected his early years. The first was his encounter with a compass at age five. He was mystified that invisible forces could deflect the needle. This would lead to a lifelong fascination with invisible forces. The second wonder came at age 12 when he discovered a book of geometry, which he devoured, calling it his “sacred little geometry book.”

Things to know about Albert Einstein

  • Albert Einstein didn’t speak until three years of age and it took him several more years after that before he could speak fluently.
  • In his early years, many people believed Einstein would never succeed at anything.
  • Einstein applied to the Swiss Federal Institute of technology but failed the entrance exam and had to take it a second time before he was admitted to the school.
  • It is said that he often forgot simple things such as making sure he put on his socks before shoes, and it is also told that he once misplaced his paycheck because he use it as a bookmark in his research.
  • It was not until after one of Einstein’s first theories the special theory of relativity was published that the scientific community and the world truly recognised his great talents.
  • Many scientists throughout the world ridiculed him and attacked his theories calling them worthless and useless, and even going as far as saying that Einstein does not have a logical mind.
  • From his youth, Einstein had a habit of spending a lot of time away from his friends, family, and work, to do nothing but think.
  • Einstein didn’t fail math as a child.

  • It took Einstein nine years to get a job in academia.

  • The FBI spied on him for decades.

  • Einstein urged the building of the atomic bomb—and later became a proponent of nuclear disarmament.

  • He was asked to be president of Israel.

  • Einstein won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1921 at age 42.

Even though Einstein like most ordinary people had issues with relationships and his marriage suffered divorces and on many occasions cheated with other women, one can tell that Einstein’s had a beautiful mind which must have been a very busy and interesting place. Einstein was a genius and a blessing to mankind.

There are no indications that Einstein was an alien but as he described himself “he was a passionately curious person”. His contributions will never be forgotten and he’ll continue to remain an inspiration to those us who through our passion are on a journey to change the world.

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