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Asked what made him different, Albert Einstein (1879-1955) once said, "God gave me the stubborness of a mule and a fairly keen scent."
This American Institute of Physics exhibit includes photos, timelines, essays on and by Einstein, audio clips of Einstein and more.
Contrary to conventional thinking, there are a few things Albert Einstein wasn't so good at. His poetry? Mediocre. His violin playing? Passable. At some point, Einstein was asked to be Israel's president. He declined — not his strong suit.
In physics, though he did seem superhuman. How did a man who had been working as a patent clerk publish four groundbreaking papers about space, time, atoms and the strange nature of light — all in one year?
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Einstein's "miracle year," David Kestenbaum asks the question: Just how smart was Einstein anyway?
This story is part of a series commemorating the scientific breakthroughs of 1905, including the publication of Einstein's papers and of Sigmund Freud's seminal work, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality.