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Is it true that Albert Einstein was kicked out of high school due to his "peacefulness"?

The most important resource with regard to Albert Einstein's biography are Princeton University's Collected Papers. Particularly relevant to the question is John Stachel (ed.), The Collected Papers of ...
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What did Einstein contribute to Special Relativity that hadn't already been done by Lorentz in 1904 and Poincaré in 1905?

To begin, let's start with a very apropos anecdote from Lorentz himself. At a conference on the Michelson–Morley experiment in 1927 at which Lorentz and Michelson were present, Michelson suggested ...
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How was Einstein led to make a contact with Differential Geometry for his theory of General Relativity?

Einstein himself told the story in his Kyoto address of 1922, which I quote from Pais's biography titled Subtle is the Lord: "If all systems are equivalent, then Euclidean geometry cannot hold in ...
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What was the relationship between Einstein and Minkowski?

A good account is Weinstein, Max Born, Albert Einstein and Hermann Minkowski's Space-Time Formalism of Special Relativity. They did no have much of a relationship, what it was is well-summarized by ...
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How did the publication feat of Einstein's four 1905 Annus Mirabilis papers get through peer review?

I am afraid, you are overprojecting the power and the glory of peer review. Although some instances can be cited as early as 17th century, it only became what it is today with the triumph of publish ...
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Why did Einstein oppose quantum uncertainity?

I am not sure what "explain it like a story" means, but the Bohr–Einstein debates is perhaps the most dramatic story of Einstein making his dissatisfaction known. Pais's scientific biography ...
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Why didn't Einstein win a second Nobel Prize, for relativity?

The time when experimental evidence supporting relativity began to appear coincided with the rise of antisemitism in Germany following Germany's defeat in WWI. Antisemitism was on the rise in Germany;...
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Max Planck's reaction to Einstein's 1905 STR Paper

It seems not. See: A.Douglas Stone, Einstein and the quantum: The quest of the valiant Swabian (2013): [page 6] Planck was the first major figure to recognize Einstein’s seminal 1905 work on ...
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Why did Einstein develop General Relativity?

"Simply modifying" Newtonian gravity to have it spread at finite speed does not work if the finite speed is the speed of light. It was attempted by Laplace in his Celestial Mechanics (1799), who found ...
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Source for this story about Einstein learning algebra from his uncle

The story is genuine. Isaacson retells it in his scientific biography Einstein: His Life and Universe based on recollections of his younger sister Maja, along with other evidence that dispels the ...
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What is the original source for Einstein's description of entanglement as "Spooky Action at a Distance"?

Einstein was bothered by "action at a distance" long before the 1935 EPR paper, and it was not specific to entanglement. In his debates with Bohr at the 1927 Solvay congress he used the single slit ...
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Did Einstein want to reduce general relativity to elementary mathematics?

Not sure about "elementary" but, at least, he tried to reduce it to "the simplest and most intelligible form". He assumes the level of a graduating secondary school student, and warns of the "patience ...
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How Einstein got the first idea for special relativity?

Einstein was reading Maxwell. Axiom a) follows from Maxwell's electromagnetic theory of light. Axiom b) is stated imprecisely in your message. The actual axiom is that you cannot detect the absolute ...
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Is it true Einstein doubted relativity near the end of his life?

No. He opposed Quantum Mechanics from the beginning until death. He did it because its inherent non-determinism ("God does not gamble"). In his opinion, the cause of the non-determinism of the QM is ...
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Einstein praising Sophus Lie

It is hard to prove that answer is negative, but I suspect that that's the case. That sentence looks familiar. In fact, in his book Relativity: The Special & the General Theory, Einstein wrote &...
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Why didn't Einstein propose any metric solution to his equations?

The other answer by LolloBoldo is correct. But just to give some evidence, in the original 1915 paper Einstein explicitly states: The field equations (16a) then take, as a first approximation, the ...
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Did Einstein really say: "If I were wrong, it would only take one."

From The Ultimate Quotable Einstein p. 170: If I were wrong, then one [author] would have been enough! Einstein’s retort with regard to his theory when he heard that a book titled 100 Authors against ...
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Where did Einstein propose interpreting the square of amplitude as probability density (Born's rule)?

There are no published papers where such interpretation is explicitly made. Born's Nobel lecture mention first appears in his celebrated Quantenmechanik der Stossvorgange (1926, Zeitschrift fur Physik ...
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Why did Einstein turn his back on a probabilistic universe?

Einstein did not go against his earlier ideas. The probabilistic rules that the author may be referring to is the use of statistical methods of physics to account for the myriad of particles involved ...
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With what microscope and pollen was the Browinian motion discovered?

Details of Brown's observations, concerning both the pollen and the microscope, are given by Pearle et al. in What Brown saw and you can too. The pollen was from the flower Clarkia pulchella, a.k.a. ...
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Why did Einstein stop publishing so many papers in Annalen der Physik?

It is true that after 1914 (and the "Foundations of General Relativity" article), Einstein only published a few articles, exclusively replies to criticism, in the Annalen der Physik. The major reason ...
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Did Einstein oppose evolution?

First of all, I did not study in any detail what Einstein's views on evolution were; the following is just a trivial observation: Our sun is constantly pumping energy into the ecosystem of the Earth. ...
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Einstein visited former teacher/professor who thought he wanted to borrow money: who might that have been?

So far I have been unable to find the original source for the story mentioned in the question. However, there are multiple mentions of this incident in the general literature about Einstein. All ...
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Did Einstein believe the laws of physics would be replaced by mathematical identities?

I believe you are making a contradiction between mathematical identities and physical laws that Einstein would not make. For him, mathematical identities are the laws of nature, and having them derive ...
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Did Einstein really say: "If I were wrong, it would only take one."

To return to this old question with at least a partial answer: there really was a book called "Hundert Autoren gegen Einstein"; you can read it here: https://archive.org/details/...
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What did Einstein contribute to Special Relativity that hadn't already been done by Lorentz in 1904 and Poincaré in 1905?

Both Einstein and Poincaré postulated the principal of relativity as a basis for their theories. Where Einstein's and Poincaré's theories differ is that Einstein postulated the one-way constancy of ...
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