But the Fact is, Einstein Passed His Math Classes

Feeling under the weather. Here is a good article from J.C. Conway. Go visit him.

J. C. Conway

Einstein_1921 Urban myths abound. One that is simply dead wrong, but consistently repeated, is that Albert Einstein failed at math as a young student. It’s an extremely useful fallacy to repeat when seeking to console young students whose math grades are poor. “Keep trying. Even Einstein failed math.” But as helpful as it is in that situation, the rumor, which began long ago, is false. He was, in fact, an exceptional math student.

In primary school, he was at the top of his class and “far above the school requirements” in math. By age 12, his sister recalled, “he already had a predilection for solving complicated problems in applied arithmetic,” and he decided to see if he could jump ahead by learning geometry and algebra on his own. His parents bought him the textbooks in advance so that he could master them over summer vacation, which he did. In addition, he developed his own…

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