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Unformatted text preview: Although Einstein did not have a large social circle in Zurich, he made several close friends who would have a strong impact on his future. One such friend was Marcel Grossman, a mathematics student one year his senior. Grossman's father was a factory owner in Zurich and Marcel was the product of a liberal Swiss environment. Einstein viewed his friend as a model student and relied heavily on his lecture notes whenever it came time for final examinations. Grossman continued to come to Einstein's aid in later years, first by helping him to secure a position at a patent office in Bern following his graduation, and then by working on the mathematical calculations of the general relativity theory. Another of Einstein's closest friends was Michele Angelo Besso, a mechanical engineer living in Zurich. Einstein met Besso through an amateur music group in Zurich, which living in Zurich....
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- Fall '09