As a child, Einstein’s Uncle Jakob introduced him to algebra and called it “a merry science”. He compared algebra to hunting a little animal. You didn’t know the name of the animal, so you called it “x”. When you finally caught the animal you gave it the correct name
Algebra is a branch of mathematics that uses letters and other symbols to represent numbers.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines algebra as “the part of mathematics in which letters and other general symbols are used to represent numbers and quantities in formulae and equations.”
Here is an example of an algebraic equation. In this example, the letter x represents a number. Our job is find the value of x.
Where Does the Word Algebra Come From?
Algebra comes from the Arabic word al-jebr, which means “reunion of broken parts”.
Albert Einstein and Algebra
The famous scientist Albert Einstein learned algebra from a young age.
His Uncle Jakob gave him books on the subje… Continue Reading