Einstein started a book club, and here's the reading list

What the beloved genius and his buddies discussed in the Olympia Academy is legendary.

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"Wissenschaft und Hypothese" (Science and Hypothesis) by Henri Poincare "Wissenschaft und Hypothese" (Science and Hypothesis) by Henri Poincare (Photo: alphaspirit / Shutterstock)

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'Wissenschaft und Hypothese' (Science and Hypothesis) by Henri Poincare

Henri Poincare, a 19th century French philosopher, was a busy man. In addition to being a philosopher, he was also a theoretical physicist, engineer and mathematician.

In college, he was fantastic at math, but below average in gym class. Somehow, his failure to get an A in gym did not, in fact, impede his academic career; he created the beginnings of chaos theory and wrote "Science and Hypothesis," a book that gets into mental labyrinths of the "We know nothing! NOTHING!" variety.

Like Einstein, Poincare pondered Maxwell's equations, and some of his thoughts actually sowed the seeds for Einstein's theory of special relativity, such as the idea that time is relative.

Oh, and Poincare made time in his busy schedule to prove to the world that spectacles can be terrifying.

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