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## What kind of math is E mc2?

An equation derived by the twentieth-century physicist Albert Einstein, in which E represents units of energy, m represents units of mass, and c2 is the speed of light squared, or multiplied by itself. (See relativity.)

## Did Albert Einstein know basic math?

1. Einstein didn’t fail math as a child. When later presented with a news article claiming he’d failed grade-school math, Einstein dismissed the story as a myth and said, “Before I was 15 I had mastered differential and integral calculus.”

**Was Einstein weak at arithmetic?**

The common rumor that he failed a math test way back in fourth grade is simply untrue. The trouble he did have came when he took the entrance exams for the illustrious Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich, Switzerland.

### At what age Einstein learned calculus?

Also at the age of 12, he began learning calculus, which, as noted, was about three years ahead of his classmates that would eventually qualify to pursue calculus. How the myth came about that Einstein was poor at mathematics at an early age isn’t entirely known.

### What kind of math did Einstein use to develop his theory?

At the time he was conceiving the General Theory of Relativity, he needed knowledge of more modern mathematicss: tensor calculus and Riemannian geometry, the latter developed by the mathematical genius Bernhard Riemann, a professor in Göttingen. These were the essential tools for shaping Einstein’s thought.

**What type of Education did Albert Einstein have?**

He studied math and physics and obtained a teacher’s certificate. This is roughly equal to a Master’s Degree in Math and Physics. A degree in mathematics would have included: Algebra, Calculus, Linear Algebra, Applied Mathematics, and Real Analysis (proofs of higher mathematical principles).

#### Did Einstein fail math at school?

One of the many urban legends about the Relativity genius claims that Einstein failed mathematics at school. Nothing could be further from the truth: in fact, his grades in Algebra and Geometry were even better than in Physics. This false rumor, which has been repeated over and over, comes from a wrong interpretation of the grading scales.

#### How did Einstein get the support of his friends?

To round off his theory, Einstein sought the support of his friend Marcel Grossmann, also a mathematician, who even though we warned him of the cumbersome mathematical course he was about to embark on, put him on the right track.