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Dr. Albert Einstein: Theoretical Physics, Relativity and the Photoelectric Effect, 1935

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The fall of 1888 found Einstein, then age nine, entering a secondary school in Munich, Germany called the Luitpold-Gymnasium. This school emphasized non-scientific subjects like Latin and ancient Greek. While he did earn good grades in his classes, they did not spark his interest. It was during these secondary school days that Albert began to diverge from the curriculum prescribed for him, engaging in his own private reading. At age thirteen he asked his parents to purchase him the mathematics textbook which he would be using the following year, and proceeded to work his way through the entire mathematics program at the Lutipold-Gymnasium in a matter of months. He indulged his passion for physics and physical phenomena by reading textbooks which were, at the time, key writings on the natural sciences.