How did Einstein become a Physicist if he was not good at Math?

I've heard that Einstein failed Algebra three times in school. However, he still invented the math formula: E=Mc2. To be a Physicist you have to take Calculus and even some math classes more advanced than that. But if he had problems with Algebra, how did he manage to take all the other, more advanced Math classes and get a job as a Physicist? Not only that, but he was said to be very good at the job. That's true Jordan, but Einstein is famous for failing Math, not Science. However, I realize, if you can't do Math, it will cause you to have problems in Science as well. So he probably failed Physics classes to. They just don't always mention that in all the History books.

Asked By: Gerri R - 8/23/2013
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He did not. He did very well in his math classes. The idea of him failing math in school is a pervasive myth, but a myth nonetheless. EDIT:,28804,1936731_1936743_1936758,00.html
Answered By: Big Daddy - 8/23/2013
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Math isnt the only thing you need to be good at, you need some smarts in science as well.
Answered By: Jordan - 8/23/2013
He failed school because he was busy solving harder problems
Answered By: Kyle - 8/23/2013
He didn't HAVE anyone who could teach him what he needed and wanted to know, so he just had to do it all alone!
Answered By: Technobuff - 8/23/2013
This oft-repeated tale, may or may not be true, but if true, all it shows is that he was a poor student, or that the school he was attending was horribly incompetent... More
Answered By: Fred - 8/23/2013
Einstein knoew enough Math to formulate his theorem which relied heavily on linear algebra/topology so YES he was good at math!!
Answered By: Baboon - 8/23/2013
I've heard several possibilities: he was slow, but methodical; he was not good at numbers, but great at concepts... More
Answered By: oldprof - 8/23/2013
He was very good at math. An uncle taught him advanced college-level math when he was in his early teens. He'd just gotten off to a slow start. Later, he often had an even better mathematician to help him out with the most complicated stuff.
Answered By: John de Witt - 8/23/2013
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