Many of us know the basic outlines of Einstein’s life: he was born into a Jewish family in Germany in 1879, achieved fame at a young age for his groundbreaking work on particle physics, and fled Nazi Germany in 1933, arriving at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in the United States where he taught until his death in 1955.Here are ten less well-known facts about this brilliant physicist which might surprise you. It’s often said that he didn’t talk until he was four and that he failed math as a child.Einstein’s parents continued a long-standing Jewish custom of inviting a poor student for a meal each week.When Einstein was a young child, his family hosted a Jewish medical student named Max Talmud for dinner each Thursday.“Before I was 15 I had mastered differential and integral calculus,” he explained.Einstein’s family wasn’t religiously observant; in fact, growing up in Munich, young Einstein attended a local Catholic school.The new results reveal that the man is the oldest that we know of so far to genetically represent a separate line from the forebears of present-day Asians.This is decisive when it comes to dating one of the most important events in history."We can now date the separation time between Asians and Europeans," says Professor Rasmus Nielsen from the University of Copenhagen and the University of California, Berkeley, who was also involved in the study.
After fleeing Germany in 1933, a month after Hitler’s election as Chancellor of Germany, Einstein spoke out against the barbarity of the Nazis. While he didn’t maintain this level of observance into adulthood, Einstein always was proud of being Jewish.In 1933, one month after Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany, Albert Einstein and his wife Elsa left Germany for good.The only woman in his physics classes was a young Serbian woman named Mileva Maric. Their union was unhappy and Albert soon offered Mileva an unusual bargain: if he ever won the Nobel Prize, Albert promised her he’d give her all the prize money. After fleeing Nazi Germany in 1933 for the United States, Einstein took up the cause of opposing racism in the United States. Her book Angels at the table: a Practical Guide to Celebrating Shabbat takes readers through the rituals of Shabbat and more, explaining the full beautiful spectrum of Jewish traditions with warmth and humor.He became close friends with actor Paul Robeson; together this unlikely duo formed the American Crusade to End Lynching. It has been praised as "life-changing", a modern classic, and used in classes and discussion groups around the world.