Einstein did not abandon physics

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Einstein did not abandon physics, however, indeed studying it seriously in the laboratory  of the head physics professor at the Polytechnic, Heinrich Friedrich Weber, who was  best known for his contributions to electrical engineering. Yet although Einstein admired  the professor's achievements, he was distressed to learn that Weber, a staunch believer  in classical physics, was hopelessly old- fashioned, dismissing of all the advancements  in electricity and magnetism since Helmholtz's discoveries of the 1850s. Once again, as  in high school, Einstein relied on independent study: he read widely the works of  Maxwell, Kirchoff, Hertz, Helmholtz, and contemporary physicists. Einstein also  benefited from his studies with his mathematics lecturer, Hermann Minkowski, who  would later prove instrumental in devising a strict mathematical formalism to support  Einstein's theory of relativity. 
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