Einstein failing a math exam is a myth. He failed the entrance exam to Zurich Polytechnic because he did poorly on botany, zoology and language sections.

Did Einstein really fail math?

In 1905, Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 26th president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt married Eleanor and the World Series matched the New York Giants against the Philadelphia Athletics. And, for four glorious months, Albert Einstein authored four papers that changed our understanding of the way the universe works. He was only 26 years old.

The theories Einstein outlined in those papers, including the quantum theory of light and the theory of relativity, were all devised during his free time. Einstein’s day job was examining patents in Bern, Switzerland, which didn’t demand much mental capacity. It left him plenty of time to ponder the mysteries of the universe, which he did his best to solve on his own time [sou… Continue Reading

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