I didn't mean that Einstein was an idiot or a poor student (so isn't Collector). I'd note that he had Milena during his uni years and his letters to her suggest that they worked together, though. I was rather thinking about his initial attempts at formulating the general relativity theory - he wanted to go beyond the Euclidean geometry, but he didn't know differential geometry, and when he learnt it he still couldn't use it. He asked Grossman for help and they put Einstein's ideas together. Similarly, the special relativity theory took its final form thanks to collaboration with Lorentz (maybe people in the field would say that the theory was created by Lorentz, and it was initially called Lorentz-Einstein).
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