Top facts about Albert Einstein you didn’t know

1. Einstein’s great breakthroughs came from visual experiments performed in his head rather than the lab.

Yes, all of his major breakthroughs came from his visual experiments including his most famous theory of relativity, this is why most people still believe that Einstein used to think using pictures rather than words.

2. Einstein was a slow learner as a child and spoke very slowly.

Einstein was slow in learning how to speak. His parents even consulted with a doctor. He didn’t speak a word until he was three years old.

3. The pathologist who made Einstein’s body’s autopsy stole his brain and kept it in a jar for 20 years.

Princeton pathologist Thomas Harvey removed his famous brain during his autopsy and kept it in the hope of unlocking the secrets of his genius. After seeking permission from his son they dissected his brain into small pieces and sent it to different places for research. The Mütter Museum is one of only two places in the world where you can see pieces of Albert Einstein’s brain.

Pathologist Thomas Harvey (1912 – 2007) holds the brain of theoretical physicist Albert Einstein in a jar, Kansas, 1994. Harvey performed the autopsy on Einstein in 1955, and retained parts of the brain for scientific study. (Photo by Michael Brennan/Getty Images)

4. Einstein’s Nobel Prize money went to his ex-wife as a divorce settlement.

In divorce papers signed in 1919, which finally dissolved Einstein’s troubled marriage to his first wife, Mileva Maric, the theoretical physicist left all his Nobel money to Maric and their two sons.

5. Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel.

Einstein was offered Presidency of Israel but he politely declined it by stating, “I am deeply moved by the offer from our State of Israel [to serve as President], and at once saddened and ashamed that I cannot accept it. All my life I have dealt with objective matters, hence I lack both the natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people and to exercise official functions. For these reasons alone I should be unsuited to fulfill the duties of that high office, even if advancing age was not making increasing inroads on my strength. I am the more distressed over these circumstances because my relationship to the Jewish people has become my strongest human bond, ever since I became fully aware of our precarious situation among the nations of the world.”

The flag of Israel.

6. Albert Einstein’s last words are lost forever.

Einstein mumbled a few words in German, took two breaths, and died. The nurse on duty at Princeton Hospital did not speak German and the meaning of Einstein’s final words was lost forever.

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