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The Biography of Albert Einstein

Born in 1879, Albert Einstein is known today for his incredible mathematical ability and… well, his wild hair. But more important than the physical attributes of his cranium, is the fantastic information which it provided. He will probably always be remembered as the greatest mathematical genius of the modern world. Honors he has received for his works include the Nobel Prize, which he was awarded in 1921, the Royal Society Copley Medal, which he was awarded in 1925, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1921, and he became an AMS Gibbs Lecturer in 1934. He also was a very vocal advocate against nuclear weapons, and spoke out for international peace.
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An avid learner, especially in the area of math, he became intrigued with theoretical mathematics at an early age. "At the age of 12, I experienced a wonder in a booklet dealing with Euclidean plane geometry, which came into my hands at the beginning of a school year. Here were assertions, as for example the intersection of the three altitudes of a triangle in one point, which -- though by no means evident -- could nevertheless be proved with such certainty that any doubt appeared to be out of the question. This lucidity and certainty made an indescribable impression on me." Although he loved to learn, he hated high school, mostly because of the necessity to obey arbitrary orders given by authority. A teacher once suggested Einstein leave school, since his very presence destroyed the other students' respect for the teacher. He later did, quitting school at midterm to join his parents in Italy, who had moved to Milan in 1894, and at that time he had remained in Munich to finish his schooling, he was fifteen when he returned to his parents. In 1896 Einstein renounced German citizenship and was stateless until he applied for Swiss citizenship, where he was attending school in Aarau, in 1899, and was granted it in 1901. Throughout his childhood and early adulthood, Einstein expressed a fascination with the world and love for

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