Einstein in Bern

Einstein in Bern

1902 – 1909: «Those Serendipitous Days in Bern»

«Bern is delightful; one of those essentially cozy cities in which one can live just as well as in Zurich», Einstein wrote his friend and fellow-physicist Mileva Maric. Having failed his doctoral exams at the University of Zurich, Einstein decided to seek his fortune in Bern in 1902, when a university friend enticed him with the prospects of a job at the patent office. He first lived in a flat at 32 Gerechtigkeitsgasse and scraped by as a tutor. Then, in June, a position for a technical assistant finally opened up and Einstein began work. A few months later he asked Mileva to come to Bern and they married, eventually having two children together and living at 49 Kramgasse, the site of today’s Einstein House.

The young physicist regularly met with his friends Conrad Habicht and Maurice Solovine to discuss physics, literature, God and the world and ironically referred to themselves as the «Olympic Academy». During this period, Einstein regularly frequented the city and university libraries, joined the Natural Science Society and wrote his post-doctoral thesis at the University of Bern in 1908. His Bern period was the most productive in his life — in 1905 alone he published five works which changed the world view of physics forever. It was an explosion of inspiration which would puzzle science historians long after.

Einstein's desk: Einstein had numerous of his inspirations here at this desk.
Einstein's desk: Einstein had numerous of his inspirations here at this desk.
Einstein-Hous: From 1903 to 1905 Einstein lived on the second floor of 49 Kramgasse. The Einstein House is open to the public and stands testimony to an important period for Einstein.
Einstein-Hous: From 1903 to 1905 Einstein lived on the second floor of 49 Kramgasse. The Einstein House is open to the public and stands testimony to an important period for Einstein.
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