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Question 1:
What did you know about Albert Einstein before you read this story?

Your answers to this question may be different from others’ answers. You may not have heard of Albert Einstein before you read the text, or you may have known a number of facts about his life and work. Here are a few of the more common facts:

  • Einstein is one of the most well-known scientists. (He ranks with Galileo and Newton.)
  • As a child, his parents worried because he was slow in learning to speak.
  • Some reports of Einstein’s early life described him as a poor student, but this information is a myth. Teachers reported grades differently when Einstein was in school. Comparing Einstein’s school records with those of today’s students makes the budding scientist’s grades appear low. Teachers in Einstein’s day would have considered his grades as excellent.
  • Einstein left school at age 15, but a year later he returned to school.
  • He failed the entrance exam to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, but after further study, he was accepted at the school. Later, he became a physics and math teacher.
  • He wrote his first science papers while he was working in the patent office in Bern, Switzerland.
  • He was married and had two sons, but later he divorced his wife and married his cousin.
  • He discovered the relationship between energy and mass, which he wrote as the equation, E = mc2.

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