An Einstein Chronology
August 8. Hermann Einstein (b. 1847) and Pauline Koch (b. 1852) are|
married in Cannstatt.
March 14, 11:30 a.m. Albert, their first child, is born in the Einstein resi-|
dence, Bahnhofstrasse 135, Ulm.
|1880||June 21. The Einsteins register as residents of Munich.|
|1881||November 18. E.'s sister Maria (Maja) is born.|
The first miracle: E.'s enchantment with a pocket campass. First instruction,|
by a private teacher.
|∼ 1885||E. starts taking violin lessons (and continues to do so to age thirteen).|
E. attends public school in Munich. In order to comply with legal require-|
ments for religious instruction, he is taught the elements of Judaism at
E. enters the Luitpold Gymnasium.** The religious education continues, at|
school this time, where Oberlehrer Heinrich Friedmann instructs E. until
he is prepared for the bar mitzvah.
First encounter with Max Talmud (who later changed his name to Tal-|
mey), then a 21-year-old medical student, who introduces E. to Bernstein
Popular Books on Physical Science, Büchner Force and Matter, Kant
Kritik der reinen Vernunft, and other books. Talmud becomes a regular
visitor to the Einstein home until 1894. During this period, he and E. dis-
cuss scientific and philosophical topics.
|∼ 1890||E.'s religious phase, lasting about one year.|
|∼ 1891||The second miracle: E. reads the 'holy geometry book.'|
E. familiarizes himself with the elements of higher mathematics, including|
differential and integral calculus.
|*The symbol ∼ means that the date is accurate to within one year.|
|**This school, situated at Müllerstrasse 33, was destroyed during the Second World War. It was|
rebuilt at another location and renamed Albert Einstein Gymnasium.