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Einstein's Life Up To 1905
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Ostwald, girlfriends, teach, Maxwell, 1905, two, German, Polytechnic, enjoyed, encouragement, 1666, Italy, German, plague, expanding, attractive, Prussian, Patent, limp, job, Weber, failed, pregnant, short, optimistic, five, behind, London, medicine, antagonized, Mileva, family, electrical, citizenship, bankrupt, Serbian, Bern, French, woman, insurance, gravity, notes, hierarchical, electro, 1879, Munich, graduated, Swiss, authoritarian, calculus, Lieserl, father, farm, stateless, Professor, teachers
"annus mirabilis"
phrase originally referred to
the year          for Isaac Newton
in              at university
outbreak of             
retreated to family          to get away from plague where he
1. laid his foundations for the theory of               
2. came up with his theory of                 
because of these astounding discoveries by someone in his 20s, 1666 was called his "miracle year"
Einstein at a similar year in         
pathway up to 1905
born in         
youth in             
father and uncle started an                      business
electrical lighting
went to school in the              school system
very rigid and                         
militaristic                  slant
Einstein rebelled against this very strongly
he had an anti-                           streak in him
at 16, renounced his Germany                       
his father let him do this
for several years he was                   
eventually became a            citizen but that took several years
later became a              citizen again, when he became famous and Germany wanted to claim him
applied to Swiss Federal                        in Zurich
applied a year early,              first time
did well in science and math
             was one of his weak areas
told him to come back in a year
one of the two primary physics professors at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic
Einstein                his lectures early on
later felt Weber was              the times
e.g. didn't include               's equations
Einstein didn't address him as "Herr                    Weber" but "Herr Weber"
Weber said he was a smart person but no one can            you anything
met              Marić
only            in Einstein's physics class
although many women in Europe went to Zurich since in many countries they were not allowed to go to study at a university
originally she was going to study                 
they were essentially studying to be high school physics                 
not professors
but there was a burgeoning               -technic industry
so needed high school physics teachers to train future workers
grades were decent but tailed off at end
relied on friends'            to pass exams
Mileva actually did not pass
applied for jobs
married Mileva
caused family and career tensions
Einstein's              did not care for Mileva
she was Serbian
not conventionally                     
defect in her hip, walked with a         
Einstein's mother had another favorite among his earlier                       
Einstein had impertinent tendencies
Einstein wanted to get a position as a professor's assistant
but he had                        Weber
Weber had given him a bad reputation to his colleagues
a poignant letter from Einstein's              to a Professor Ostwald at Leipzig
my son feels profoundly unhappy with his lack of position
read his paper and write to him a few words of                           
1894 Einstein's father went                 
weighed on Einstein, father was more                     
no record of a response from professor
nine years later, this Professor                was first to elect Einstein for a Nobel prize
1901 Einstein and Mileva romantic time in           
Mileva became                 
more anxiety for the young couple
Einstein considered to go into                    just to make money
Marcel Grossmann
actually went to lecture and took notes that Einstein didn't
Einstein was often in the laboratories
his father knew the head of the Swiss              Office
electromagnetic industry
an analogy with the computer industry in our time
patent office was                    in this area
Einstein wasn't perfectly qualified for it
1902 got        at Swiss Patent Office
was able to continue to do some physics
was in the city of         
he and a couple of his friends put together the Olympia Academy
would read and discuss books intently
physics, philosophy, literature
published a few papers
but was essentially out of academics
daughter                was born
we don't know what happened to her
she was discovered only in the 1980s
not known during Einstein's lifetime
might have died at age        from Scarlet Fever
affected Mileva profoundly
Mileva joined Albert in Bern
1905 year he began famous
published          papers

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From the famous intellectual salon department via tonight's Understanding Einstein course: "In 1901, before Einstein was able to land a secure job as a patent clerk in Bern, Switzerland, he put an ad in the newspaper offering his tutoring services in mathematics and physics. Two men by the name of Conrad Habicht and Maurice Solovine answered his ad, and while neither tutorials nor payment ever materialized, the three began to meet regularly to discuss their shared interest in physics and philosophy, and in 1902 named themselves the Akademie Olympia. The three discussed their own work and read other works such as Karl Pearson's The Grammar of Science, Ernst Mach's Analyse der Empfindungen, Henri Poincaré's Wissenschaft und Hypothese, John Stuart Mill's A System of Logic, David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature, Baruch Spinoza's Ethics, and literary works such as Cervantes' Don Quixote. Despite the brief existence of the Academy, it had a lasting effect on the three friends, and they remained in touch throughout their lives."
Pre-Einstein Physics up to 1905
Einstein's Life Up To 1905
The Annus Mirabilis Papers of 1905
Dirac, Einstein, and Mathematical Beauty
Events, Clocks, and Observers