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From the Ted Talk by Larry Lagerstrom: Einstein's miracle year

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The myth that Einstein had fleiad math is just that. He had meesatrd calculus on his own by the age of 15 and done well at both his Munich secondary school and at the ssiws pylenhtcoic, where he studied for a math and physics teaching diploma. But skipping classes to spend more time in the lab and neglecting to show proper deference to his professors had dalieerd his intended career path. Passed over even for a lab assistant position, he had to settle for a job at the Swiss petnat office, obtained with the help of a friend's father.

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The myth that Einstein had ______ math is just that. He had ________ calculus on his own by the age of 15 and done well at both his Munich secondary school and at the _____ ___________, where he studied for a math and physics teaching diploma. But skipping classes to spend more time in the lab and neglecting to show proper deference to his professors had ________ his intended career path. Passed over even for a lab assistant position, he had to settle for a job at the Swiss ______ office, obtained with the help of a friend's father.

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  1. patent
  2. failed
  3. swiss
  4. mastered
  5. polytechnic
  6. derailed

Original Text

The myth that Einstein had failed math is just that. He had mastered calculus on his own by the age of 15 and done well at both his Munich secondary school and at the Swiss Polytechnic, where he studied for a math and physics teaching diploma. But skipping classes to spend more time in the lab and neglecting to show proper deference to his professors had derailed his intended career path. Passed over even for a lab assistant position, he had to settle for a job at the Swiss patent office, obtained with the help of a friend's father.

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