Unformatted text preview: Einstein's long foray into academic life began in 1908, when he was offered an apprenticeship as a privatdozent at the University of Bern. Although this was merely a teaching job and not a faculty position with a fixed salary, one had to serve in this capacity before becoming appointed to a professorship. Because he was only being paid out of his students' fees, Einstein continued working full- time at the patent office. During this period of Einstein's career, Hermann Minkowski, one of his mathematics lecturers from the Zurich Polytechnic, developed a mathematical interpretation for the theory of special relativity. Minkowski explained Einstein's theory as a form of geometry. He spoke of a multiplicity of "world points" that make up the "world" and explained that Einstein's relativity unfolds in four dimensions, with time as the fourth dimension. It was Einstein's relativity unfolds in four dimensions, with time as the fourth dimension....
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- Fall '09