Albert Einstein Needed Help In Math

24 Mar


Albert Einstein was a genius and an icon of science. Albert Einstein needed very complex mathematics to support his theories.

Here is a note on his early days which i took from here:

“According to the Walter Isaacson biography of ‘Einstein His Life and Universe’ (Pocket Books, 2007 ISBN 978-1-84739-054-7), he was not very good at mathematics at all! It seems that whilst he was an undergraduate at Zurich Polytechnic he skipped mathematics lectures and depended upon his friend Marcel Grossmann to take notes for him. It appears that in his intermediate exams in October 1898 he came first in his class with a score of 5.7 out of 6, with his friend scoring 5.6 to come second. However, in mathematics he scored average marks of around 4.25, especially for geometry. He was labelled a ‘lazy dog’ by his mathematics professor – Hermann Minkowski. In August 1900, Einstein only scored 4.9 out of 6 to graduate with his diploma, while his later wife and fellow student Mileva Maric scored only 4.0 and failed the course.”

Marcel Grossmann was indeed a good friend and helped Einstein in many ways. He helped Einstein to get a job and pointed out to Einstein what sort of Math he needed to support his first ground breaking work.

More Next time …


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