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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