Why was Albert Einstein incinerated?

12 things you didn't know about Albert Einstein

Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm and is without a doubt one of the most important scientists of the 20th century. We have collected a few facts about Albert Einstein that you probably did not know:

He got the offer to become President of Israel - and turned it down.

In 1952 he received an offer to become the second president of the newly founded state of Israel. He declined with the following declaration: “I am deeply moved by the offer of our State of Israel, but also sad and ashamed that it is impossible for me to accept this offer. Having been occupied with objective things all my life, I have neither the natural abilities nor the experience in the right behavior towards people in the exercise of official functions. Therefore I would be unsuitable for the fulfillment of the high task even if my advanced age did not impair my strength to an increasing extent. "

He died because he refused to have a life-saving operation

Einstein suffered from an aneurysm in the aorta for years. On April 17, 1955, the aneurysm ruptured causing internal bleeding. He refused an operation on the grounds that: “I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to artificially prolong life. I've done my job, it's time to go. And I want to do that in an elegant way. "

He died the following day.

His brain was removed without permission

Seven hours after his death, the pathologist Dr. Thomas Stoltz Harvey the brain of Einstein itself after the autopsy. Initially, he did not have the family's consent and it was Einstein's wish to be cremated together with an intact brain.

Contrary to popular belief, he was no slouch at math school

In 1935 a newspaper published an article entitled "The Greatest Mathematician Living Has Failed At Math". An assertion that is still used today as a justification for everything possible.

Einstein saw the article and is said to have laughed: “I've never failed in math. Before I turned 15, I had mastered differential and integral calculus. "

The young Einstein was usually best in his class and often exceeded the expectations of his teachers.

He had a daughter with his first wife, but there is no record of what happened to her

Liersel Einstein was the first child of Albert and his first wife Mileva Marić. The only existing record of her is in the letters between her parents.

She was born in January 1902 and probably died of scarlet fever in September 1903. It is believed that she was born with an intellectual disability. She is last mentioned in a letter from Albert to Mileva, from which it emerges that the parents were probably planning to put Liersel up for adoption.

After his first wife, he married his cousin Elsa

A romantic relationship developed between Elsa and Einstein when he was still married to Mileva. He divorced Mileva only seven years later.

He didn't get the Nobel Prize for his most famous theory

He did not receive the Nobel Prize for working on his famous theory of relativity, but “for his services to theoretical physics, especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”.

All of the prize money went to his first wife as part of their divorce settlement

In order to persuade Mileva to divorce, he promised, among other things, that if he received the Nobel Prize, he would leave the prize money to her. She used the money to buy a property in Zurich. The treatment of her son Eduard, who had schizophrenia, also devoured a large part of the sum.

His eyes are in a New York safe

The pathologist who removed the brain also took Einstein's eyes. He gave this to Einstein's ophthalmologist Henry Adams. To this day they are kept in a safe in New York.

He was the inspiration for Yoda

Stuart Freeborn is considered the father of modern make-up art. He modeled Yoda's face from the “Star Wars” films after his own, but added a few wrinkles to express wisdom and intelligence - and was inspired by Einstein.

One of his most famous quotes is completely misinterpreted

“God doesn't throw the dice” is one of Einstein's most famous and somewhat cryptic quotes. Because of the words, many assume that he was religious - which is not true.

In a letter from 1954 he wrote: "For me the word God is nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of venerable, but nevertheless abundantly primitive legends."

In the alleged quote, Einstein uses God as a metaphor for the fact that physics knows no coincidence. In a letter from 1926 it says: “Quantum mechanics is very respectable. But an inner voice tells me that this is not the real Jacob yet. The theory delivers a lot, but it hardly brings us any closer to the mystery of the old. In any case, I am convinced that he does not roll the dice. "

His main passion was not science

Despite all of his talents and achievements, music made Einstein the happiest. He never traveled without his violin and once said: “I can't even imagine my life without making music. I experience my daydreams in music. I see my life in musical forms. "

By Charles Clark and Daniel Tostto Business Insider Germany.