Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Relatively Speaking, Einstein a Rebel

Walter Isaacson gave a public lecture about Einstein to promote his latest book Einstein: His Life and Universe. He made a point that Einstein didn't get along that well with his school teachers and instructors.

Twentieth-century German-born physicist Albert Einstein didn't get along with his grade school teachers or his professors at the Federal Polytechnical Institute in Zurich (now the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology).

Einstein, a visual learner, managed to alienate all of his professors before he graduated, Walter Isaacson, former managing editor of Time, told an audience Tuesday at The Society of the Four Arts.

While this may be true, I cringe at the anticipation of a bunch of people somehow justifying such behavior in school just because that person might become the next Einstein. They of course neglect the statistics on how many such behavior actually lead to dysfunctional adults, and the fact that the probability of producing the next Einstein is extremely small.

Not only that, I'm sure this message will also be lost:

Paying attention in class, however, is important.

Isaacson dispels the notion — found on numerous Internet sites — that Einstein flunked mathematics as a child: "Einstein never, ever flunked math."


1 comment:

Unknown said...

I just wonder why the Chinese student who had problems with his teacher and eventually killed people ("Dark matter") did not remember that Einstein had the same problem (i.e. he could not work in university and went to a small patent office and thanks to his friend because for a while, he was not eating good every day) and he managed to get out of it and to become the most famous science guy of all times.

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