Was one of the most brilliant physicists of modern history, Albert Einstein, bad at math when he was younger?
The Nobel Prize shared a photo of the future laureate's report card online from when he was 17 years old, attending Cantonal High School in Aarau, Switzerland in 1896.
The grades followed a scoring scheme of 6 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. Einstein excelled in mathematics and other related subjects, garnering a 6 in algebra, geometry, descriptive geometry, and physics. He also got the highest grade in history.
Here's the rest of his grades:
German language and literature: 5
French language and literature: 3
English language and literature: —
Italian language and literature: 5
Geometry (planimetry, trigonometry, stereometry and analytical geometry): 6
Descriptive geometry: 6
Natural history: 5
In drawing: 4*
In technical drawing: 4*
*The performance over the course of the year is considered.
Previously, a grade of 6 was considered the lowest mark while 1 was the highest. The myth started because his school reversed its marking system, according to ABC Science.
Answering news articles claiming he was bad at math, Einstein dismissed them as a myth and said, "Before I was 15 I had mastered differential and integral calculus."
The mind behind the theory of relativity would later earn a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.