Albert Einstein is known as one of the most brilliant people our world has ever seen. Despite the fact that he was not properly recognized in his time, since then his life has been highly scrutinized. However, there are still some facts that most people don’t know about him. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 facts you probably didn’t know about Albert Einstein.
Number Fifteen: His Name Is an Anagram
The name “Albert Einstein” can actually be taken apart and reconstructed as “Ten Elite Brains.” This is shockingly coincidental since Einstein probably had the intelligence of 10 people – at least.
Number Fourteen: His Parents Were Concerned About His Mental Prowess
Einstein was not very vocal as a child, and in fact, he rarely spoke. Even worse, when he did speak, he spoke at an extremely slow pace relative to his peers. He behaved this way until he was nine years old.
Number Thirteen: He Was a Ladies’ Man
Einstein was married, but he was quite the philanderer while he was married. A series of letters were released by Hebrew University that detailed at least six women Einstein saw while he was married.
Number Twelve: Albert Einstein Was Religious
Despite his scientific upbringing and career, Einstein actually believed in God. Well, specifically, he believed in something larger than himself. He said, “A spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe – a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble. In this way, the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort.”
Number Eleven: He Was Driven to Science by a Compass
When Einstein was just five years old, his father gave him a compass as a gift. Einstein did not fully understand how the compass worked, and so his curiosity eventually led him to pursue science as a career.
Number Ten: He Could Have Been a Professional Musician
If Einstein were not a physicist, he could have been playing violin professionally! He admitted that he often thought in music, and he lived his daydreams in music as well.
Number Nine: He Was Not a Nice Husband
Einstein’s first wife, Mileva, had a contract with him. There were several “conditions” for their marriage, including the fact that she had to wash and clean his clothes, cook every single meal for him, and keep his room clean.
Number Eight: He Valued Creativity Over Knowledge
Einstein is famous for valuing his imagination more than actual knowledge. He said, “Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Number Seven: He Was Not a Very Good Father
We mentioned that Einstein was a pretty terrible husband in part one of this list, but he was also a bad father. His oldest son was named Hans Albert, and he became very angry with Einstein after Einstein refused to take care of Hans Albert’s mother after they got divorced. Einstein did not leave very much for his son after he died.
Number Six: His Brain Traveled the World
After he died, Einstein’s son allowed for pieces of his brain to be sent to labs to be studied. It was found that he has more glial cells than the average person, which may have allowed him to synthesize information in a unique way.
Number Five: He Encouraged the Atom Bomb
It’s true. Einstein may have been a pacifist, but he actually encouraged president Roosevelt to continue with the Manhattan Project.
Number Four: He Loved to Sail, But…
Though Einstein was passionate about sailing and loved going out on his boat, he was actually quite terrible at it. His neighbors in Long Island would often have to travel out to rescue him because he capsized his boat so frequently.
Number Three: The Theory of Relativity Began in His Head
Einstein liked to perform thought experiments in his own head. One of these experiments involved him riding next to a beam of light at the speed of light. He began wondering if, while riding at the same speed as light next to a beam of light, that beam of light would look stationary. That question eventually was realized as the theory of relativity.
Number Two: He Slept With His Cousin
Einstein’s second wife was named Elsa. And she was actually his second cousin.
Number One: He Was Almost a President
In 1952, Israel’s president, Chaim Weizmann, died. Einstein was asked to become the next president, but he turned the offer down.