*It's not that I am so smart, It's just that I stay with problems longer.*

So it is Einstein in September!

**Albert Einstein** perhaps doesn't need any formal introduction. Born on *14th March 1879*, this man changed our understanding of space, time, matter and energy. No one of his family or neighbors would have wondered that this '*dopey one*' would become one of the greatest theoretical Physicists of all time. Neither his math professor would have imagined that his '*lazy dog*' would become the most active mind of the era!

Here are some questions about Einstein, along with their guaranteed answers.

**Q**: *Was Einstein a mad scientist? Did he confine himself to a room and perform experiments, and usually got electric shocks?*

*A*: No! Though he was 'mad' for physics, he doesn't come into the category of a mad scientist. And for your kind information, Einstein was a theorist, and he hugely lacked experimental skills. It is said that he once failed in physics, because he couldn't perform his practicals. So no electric shocks, only thought experiments!

**Q**: Did Einstein fail in Mathematics?

*A*: Of course not. By the age of 14-15, he had mastered differential and integral calculus. He had once grabbed a geometry book, which he found under his school desk. He developed a love for geometry, and eventually mastered it. Here's some piece of the answer I got from Quora.

He independently recreated a lot of Riemannian geometry, a relatively recent mathematical advance which was only known by a handful of people. This helped increase the importance of the field of non-Euclidean geometry which was relatively obscure and created the notion of pseudo-Riemannian geometry. His contributions to physics influence mathematics more than most mathematicians do in their entire career.

**Q**: Was Einstein a super-fast thinker? How/ How not?

*A* :**Not at all**. Indeed, Einstein thought really slow, which increased his depth and accuracy of thinking. He would reflect:'... I developed so slowly that I began to wonder about space and time only when I had grown up.'

**Q** : Who was Einstein's inspiration?

*A* : The man he proved wrong, Sir Isaac Newton.

**Q**: What were some qualities of Einstein, which made him a great personality?

*A* :

- Slow thinker, but deep thinker.
- Discovered the mathematical reality of nature at a relatively young age.
- Least bothered about the world, when into physics.
- Knew his strengths, kicked his weaknesses.
- Stayed with problems longer, (10 years for GR!)
- A nice teacher.

This is all about Einstein's edition. I could make it even longer and interesting, but exams dominate me, so I am bound to stop here. Hope you like it!

*Swapnil Das*

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