6 Life-Changing Experiences for Albert Einstein

01. Receives a compass in childhood

Einstein experiences compass

When Albert Einstein was four years old and sick in bed, his father showed him a simple pocket compass. Einstein was mesmerized. What force exerted itself on the little needle to make it point in a single direction? This question haunted Einstein for many years

A wonder of such nature I experienced as a child of 4 or 5 years, when my father showed me a compass. That this needle behaved in such a determined way did not at all fit into the nature of events, which could find a place in the unconscious world of concepts. I can still remember—or at least believe I can remember—that this experience made a deep and lasting impression upon me. Something deeply hidden had to be behind things. What man sees before him from infancy causes no reaction of this kind; he is not surprised over the falling of bodies, concerning wind and rain, nor concerning the moon or about the fact that the moon does not fall down, nor concerning the differences between living and non-living matter.


02. Plays the violin

Einstein experiences violin

Einstein would not only use the violin to relax when he became stuck in his thinking process, he would play socially at local recitals or join in impromptu groups.

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. … I cannot tell if I would have done any creative work of importance in music, but I do know that I get most joy in life out of my violin.”


03. Attends Pestalozzi School

Einstein experiences Pestalozzi school

Visualization always came first when he tried to understand things, including the insidious problems presented to physists. He learned the importance of visualizing at the college prep school in Aarau, a school that practiced the teachings of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi.


04.Consider himself a citizen of the world

Einstein experiences citizen of the World

During his life he has been German, stateless, Swiss, Austrian, and then German again. From 1933-40 he only possessed the Swiss citizenship and in 1940 became an American citizen.

Einstein said, speaking at the Sorbonne in 1930s, “If my relativity theory is verified, Germany will proclaim me a German and France will call me a citizen of the world. But if my theory is proved false, France will emphasize that I am a German and Germany will say that I am a Jew.”


05. Love for solitary walks.

Einstein experiences solitary walks

Einstein liked to walk in the mountains , and in particular to walk alone.


06. Cultural Circle: Akademia Olympia

Einstein experiences friends

It was a group of friends in Bern, Switzerland, who met – usually at Albert Einstein’s apartment – in order to discuss philosophy and physics.