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Albert Einstein in a famous 1951 photo by Arthur Sasse.

 

Albert Einstein Quotes

 "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."

 "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.

Imagination encircles the world."

So   you think you know Albert Einstein: the absent-minded genius who gave   us the theory of relativity (two of them, in fact, special theory and   general theory of relativity), but did you know that Einstein was born   with such a large head that his mother thought he was deformed?
       Read on for more obscure facts about the life of the world’s smartest genius:

 Einstein Was a Fat Baby with Large Head

When   Albert’s mother, Pauline Einstein gave birth to him, she thought that   Einstein's head was so big and misshapen that he was deformed!

As   the back of the head seemed much too big, the family initially   considered him a monstrosity. The physician, however, was able to calm them   down and some weeks later the shape of the head was normal. When   Albert's grandmother saw him for the first time she is reported to have   muttered continuously "Much too fat, much too fat!" Contrasting all   apprehensions Albert grew and developed normally except that he seemed a   bit slow.

 Einstein Had Speech Difficulty as a Child

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Earliest Known Photo of Albert Einstein (Image credit: Albert Einstein Archives, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

 

As a child, Einstein seldom spoke. When he did, he spoke very slowly -   indeed, he tried out entire sentences in his head (or muttered them   under his breath) until he got them right before he spoke aloud.   According to accounts, Einstein did this until he was nine years old.   Einstein's parents were fearful that he was slow - of course, their   fear was completely unfounded!

One interesting anecdote, told by Otto Neugebauer, a historian of science, goes like this:As   he was a late talker, his parents were worried. At last, at the supper   table one night, he broke his silence to say, "The soup is too hot." Greatly relieved, his parents asked why he had never said a word before. Albert replied, "Because up to now everything was in order."

In his book, Thomas Sowell   [wiki] noted that besides Einstein, many brilliant people developed   speech relatively late in childhood. He called this condition The   Einstein Syndrome.

 Einstein was Inspired by a Compass

When Einstein was five years old and sick in bed, his father showed him   something that sparked his interest in science: a compass.When   Einstein was five years old and ill in bed one day, his father showed   him a simple pocket compass. What interested young Einstein was   whichever the case was turned, the needle always pointed in the same   direction. He thought there must be some force in what was presumed   empty space that acted on the compass. This incident, common in many   "famous childhoods," was reported persistently in many of the accounts   of his life once he gained fame.

 Einstein Failed his University Entrance Exam

In 1895, at the age of 17, Albert Einstein applied for early admission   into the Swiss Federal Polytechnical School (Eidgenössische Technische   Hochschule or ETH). He passed the math and science sections of the   entrance exam, but failed the rest (history, languages, geography,   etc.)! Einstein had to go to a trade school before he retook the exam   and was finally admitted to ETH a year later.

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