How well do you know Albert Einstein?

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About This Quiz

Albert Einstein was a pretty smart guy. When you look up the word "genius" in the dictionary, so the saying goes, it's a pretty safe bet you'll see Einstein's mug. Think you’re smart enough to take on a quiz about the famed thinker?

When Einstein was 5 years old, his father showed him something that inspired him to be interested in science. What was it?

Einstein claimed that seeing his father's compass left a "deep and lasting impression" on him.

What are Einstein's "Annus Mirabilis Papers"?

In 1905, the "Annalen der Physik" published four papers by Einstein -- they introduced, in part, the special theory of relativity and his ideas on the photoelectric effect and Brownian motion.

What do the letters in "e=mc2" stand for?

In Einstein's famous mass-energy equivalence, it's energy, mass and speed of light.

In what year did Einstein win the Nobel Prize for Physics?

It was 1921.

In the 1930s, a German man was convicted of plotting to kill Einstein. What was his punishment?

Nazi Germany was very hostile toward Einstein and his works, so they apparently didn't mind that someone tried to off him.

When Einstein finally fled Germany for the United States in 1940, where did he move?

Einstein and his wife moved to Princeton, which remained his base of operations until his death in 1955.

In 1939, Einstein and Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard wrote an urgent letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. What did they ask him to do?

Einstein was known as a pacifist, but he didn't want Germany to have the bomb first. The letter led to the creation of the Manhattan Project.

Einstein had a big falling-out with his oldest son, Hans. What was the problem?

Einstein had some major issues with Hans' wife -- for starters, he thought she was too old … and too ugly.

According to the book "Einstein in Love," what was Einstein's "Woody Allen moment"?

In 1919, shortly after divorcing his first wife, Einstein married Elsa Lowenthal, who was his cousin. But apparently he had wanted to marry her daughter, Ilse, first.

When Einstein died in 1955, a doctor removed his brain and then did what with it?

Yep, Princeton Hospital doctor Thomas Stolz Harvey did all of the above.

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