20 Surprisingly Weird Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Einstein.
Even from a young age, almost everyone learns about the genius Albert Einstein and his contributions to modern science. What they don't teach you in Einstein 101 is what he was like as a person, what happened in his private life, and how this eccentric scientist grew into the cultural icon that he is today.
Here, we've compiled 20 of the lesser-known facts about Einstein, most of which have nothing to do with his career or professional contributions - some of these will definitely surprise you.
#1. ‘Albert Einstein’ is an anagram of ‘ten elite brains’.
Which is befitting of a man who probably had the brainpower of at least ten people.
#2. His parents worried about his mental ability.
Einstein rarely spoke as a child, and when he did, he spoke very slowly. This went on until he was nine years old. It was only then that his parents, who were convinced he had some kind of disability, could breathe a sigh of relief.
#3. Albert Einstein loved the ladies.
In a series of letters released by Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Einstein wrote about six women with whom he spent time and from whom he received gifts while being married to his wife.
Some of the women identified by name, such as Estella and Toni. Others are only referred to with initials like "M" and "L." Perhaps most interesting is Margarita, who Einstein refers to as his "Russian spy lover."
#4. Einstein believed in god.
Despite a lifetime spent devoted to science, Einstein believed in a power larger than himself. In fact, he once declared the following: "A spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe — a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble. In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort."
#5. A compass just might be responsible for Einstein's work.
Here's how the story goes: When little Albert was just five years old, his father gave him a compass. Einstein couldn't believe his eyes, and demanded to know how the compass worked. The question stuck with him for years, and was one of the things that drove him to study science.
#6. He could have been a musician.
Einstein had a knack for music, and he could have become a professional violinist. "If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician," Einstein once said. "I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. I do know that I get most joy in life out of my violin."
#7. He wasn't the nicest husband.
Einstein had a weird relationship with his first wife Mileva. Eventually, he came up with a contract for Mileva, which he claimed was the only way they could continue living together. The title of the contract was "Conditions" and stated the following:
A. You will make sure
1. that my clothes and laundry are kept in good order;
2. that I will receive my three meals regularly in my room;
3. that my bedroom and study are kept neat, and especially that my desk is left for my use only.
B. You will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons...
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