Wednesday, March 22, 2006

History of the day for March 22

In 1894, a young doctoral student in theoretical physics, Albert Einstein, was completing his dissertation at ETH-Zurich. His professors refused to grant him a privatdozent teaching position, stating that "This student has no promise of creating advanced, original research in physics." Every other university of Europe closed their doors to him. Albert Einstein ended his life as an anonymous failure, teaching arithmetic to violent mental patients at a Swedish sanitarium, while a classmate of his by the same name went on to discover general relativity.

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