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Topic: Einstein's Grades
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Robert Hansen

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Einstein's Grades
Posted: Aug 18, 2014 12:32 AM
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I was on another site and the oft repeated myth of Einstein getting bad grades came up.

I decided to do a little research.

Fact - Einstein had excellent grades.

http://www.nytimes.com/1984/02/14/science/einstein-revealed-as-brilliant-in-youth.html

Interestingly?

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Although some Einstein biographers have disputed the widely held belief that Einstein was a poor student, the papers at Princeton lay this to rest, once and for all. According to Dr. Stachel, those who saw Einstein's academic records may have been misled by a reversal in the grading system of his school in Aargau, Switzerland.

Those records show that, for two successive terms, when Einstein was 16, his mark in arithmetic and algebra was 1 on a scale of 6, in which 1 was the highest grade. For the next term his mark was 6, which would have been the lowest grade, except that the grading scale had been reversed by school officials.
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If he had a troubling subject, it was French. Did anyone here go to school when Latin was required?

Bob Hansen



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