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CHRONOLOGY, 1879-1902
December
29
1895,
Summer
October
8
October
14
October
26
December
23
1895-1896
1896,
January 7
January
28
April
6-8
Einstein withdraws from the
Luitpold-Gymnasium
and travels
by
train
to
Milan,
where
he
joins
his
family
at
their home
on
via Berchet
2.
He
begins preparation
for the
entrance
examinations
to
the
Eidgenössische
Polytechnische
Schule
(ETH)
in Zurich.
Einstein vacations with
his
family
at Airolo,
south of
the
Gotthard Pass. The Einstein
family
moves
to via
Foscolo
11
in
Pavia. Einstein
visits
friends
in
Casteggio
(near Pavia)
and hikes
across
the
Ligurian
Alps
to visit
relatives
in
Genoa.
The
entrance
examinations of the ETH
begin.
Einstein
is permitted
to
take the
examinations,
although
he
is
two
years
under the
regular
age
of admission.
The
results
of the ETH
entrance
examinations
are
announced. Einstein
is
not
admitted and
is
advised
to finish his
secondary
schooling
at the
Aargau
Kantonsschule
in
Aarau.
Einstein
enrolls
as a
third-year pupil
in
the Technical
School
(Gewerbeschule)
of the
Aargau Kantonsschule,
three
days
after the third
quarter
has started. While
living
in
Aarau
he
boards with the Winteler
family.
The third
quarter
at
the Kantonsschule ends. Einstein
spends
the Christmas
holidays
with the
Wintelers.
"Während dieses
Jahres
in Aarau kam
mir
die
Frage:
Wenn
man
einer Lichtwelle mit
Lichtgeschwindigkeit
nachläuft,
so
würde
man
ein
zeitunabhängiges
Wellen-
feld
vor
sich
haben.
So etwas
scheint
es
aber doch
nicht
zu
geben!
Dies
war
das
erste kindliche
Gedanken-
Experiment,
das mit der
speziellen
Relativitätstheorie
zu
tun
hat"
(Einstein
1955,
p.
146).
The fourth
quarter
at
the Kantonsschule
begins.
Einstein
is
released from
Württemberg citizenship.
He
remains stateless for
five
years.
Einstein takes the
third-year
examinations at
the
Kantonsschule.
The school
year
ends
on 8 April.
Einstein
spends
the intersession with
his
family
in
Pavia.
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