All scientists and discoverers were once children, biographies of geniuses and talented researchers contain phrases like "from early childhood he demonstrated amazing talent", "studied at one five", "the young man amazed everyone with his work." All this endows major scientists with an almost "halo" of holiness. But was it really so?
As history shows, great people were restless and playful children and brought a lot of problems to their parents. Many of these giants of thought sometimes did not have higher education, did not graduate from school, loved football as much as physics, rude to teachers, fought with classmates, and some were generally considered mentally retarded, but all the difficulties and shortcuts did not stop them on their way to achieving fame and recognition.
Let's check how familiar you are with the biographies of Nobel laureates, researchers and geniuses? Perhaps our test will make you look at their lives from a slightly different angle and wonder at the twists and turns of fate that befell talented people. Don't forget to share your results in the comments.
This famous inventor and author of over a thousand patents was considered handicapped or mentally handicapped by some teachers during his school years. Parents even had to transfer their child to home schooling in 1854. Who are we talking about?
Thomas Alva Edison is an American inventor and entrepreneur who has received 1,093 patents in the United States alone and about 3,000 in other countries. He created a phonograph, an incandescent light bulb, an electric meter and much more. However, at school, the teachers considered little Thomas to be "limited."
Nikola Tesla Albert Einstein Thomas Edison 2/10
This girl became a great mathematician in part because of her parents' poverty. The fact is that instead of wallpaper, they pasted over the walls with sheets of lectures on differential and integral calculus by Academician M.V. Ostrogradsky. Later, the scientist recalled that she spent whole hours in front of this "mysterious" wall, as a result of which many formulas and phrases were engraved in her memory. What was her name?
Sofya Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician and mechanic, since 1889 - foreign corresponding member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences. The first woman professor in the Russian Empire and Northern Europe and the first woman in the world to be a professor of mathematics. She got acquainted with differential dead reckoning by looking at the "wallpaper" in her room.
Sophia Kovalevskaya Maria Sklodowska-Curie Nadezhda Gernet 8/10
In 1921, two young scientists asked the artist Boris Kustodiev to paint their portrait. The argument was that Kustodiev draws only celebrities, and they are sure that they will also become famous, even if they are not particularly known now. As a fee, they gave the artist a bag of millet and a rooster, received for the repair of the mill. Who were these two ambitious young men?
Petr Kapitsa and Nikolai Semyonov eventually became Nobel laureates - N.N.Semenov in 1956 in chemistry, and P.L. Kapitsa in 1978 in physics. Later, Kapitsa and Kustodiev became friends, had an active correspondence, the young scientist sent oil paints to the artist from Cambridge, and in the 1920s Kustodiev painted several of his portraits.
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and Yakov Perelman Lev Landau and Vitaly Ginzburg Pyotr Kapitsa and Nikolay Semyonov 9/10
This famous Danish physicist, future foreign honorary member of the USSR Academy of Sciences, loved football.He played it quite professionally, and stood at the gate and was considered an excellent goalkeeper. Who are we talking about?
Niels and his brother Harald (who later became a famous mathematician) played for the amateur club "AB" (the first - as a goalkeeper, and the second - a midfielder). Later, Harald successfully played in the Danish national team and won silver in its composition at the 1908 Olympics, where the Danish team lost to the British in the final.
Niels Bohr Hendrik Kramers Christian Christiansen 10/10
The shortest and at the same time excellent letter of recommendation was awarded to the scientist who became the prototype of the hero in the film A Games of the Mind. The mathematician left the university with only one line of recommendation written by the professor: "Before you is a genius!" Who was this genius?
John Nash, an American mathematician who worked in the field of game theory, began to show clear signs of mental illness in 1959. He spent several years in mental hospitals undergoing treatment for paranoid schizophrenia. After 1970, his condition gradually improved, which allowed him to return to work in the mid-1980s. His fight against illness and recovery formed the basis of Sylvia Nasar's biography "A Beautiful Mind", as well as the film of the same name with Russell Crowe as Nash.
Will Hunting Alan Turing John Nash
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If your children are naughty, playful, weird and pay attention to only one single object or mug, this does not mean that another Tsiolkovsky or Einstein, Pushkin or Paganini will not grow out of them. Love them and everything will work out.