German city of Ulm is famous for at least two noteworthy points of interest. The first one is Ulm Minster, the highest cathedral in the world. Second, Albert Einstein was born here on March 14, 1879. This man was relatively good at playing the violin according to musician Pyatigorsky. In opinion of Israeli public, he was capable of holding the position of a president. A person deserving the Nobel Prize according to the members of Nobel Prize Committee. Capable of doing almost anything except for making money, according to his wife. Later the scientist recalled his strongest impressions as a child: a compass and two books – Elements by Euclid and Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant. By the age of 16, the boy was rather successful in exact and natural sciences, yet managed to enter the Higher Polytechnic School in Zurich only at the second attempt having failed to pass the exams in other subjects for the first time. After graduation, Einstein could not find a job of physics teacher and got hired by the Federal Patent Office in Bern. The work with the patent bureau left a lot of free time, so Einstein went in for research activities. The world heard about the famous relativity theory in June 1905, when the editorial office of magazine Annals of Physics received an article subtly titled On the Electrodynamics of Moving Media. Now we know that it was not an article, but a benchmark study in relativity theory. Nobody knew at that time that a revolution was made in physics, the one that was much more significant if compared to the revolution of the same year in Russia. In 1914, Einstein accepted the invitation to work in Berlin, but left Nazi Germany in 1933. The scientist had been working in Princeton until his very death. When asked where his laboratory was located, he would show his pen with a devious smile. Einstein would give concerts as a violin player, but politely declined the offer to become the president of Israel. The scientist probably had fears that the political practice would be much more complicated than relativity theory. The Nobel Prize was awarded to Albert Einstein, yet for his research in photoelectric effect, the members of Nobel Committee understood nothing in relativity theory. Moreover, even today this theory is unclear to many specialists and mainly serves as the topic for anecdotes. It is a relative concept whether it is good or bad.
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