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Carl Jacobi came from a Jewish family but he was given the French style name Jacques Simon at birth. His father, Simon Jacobi, was a banker . Carl was the second son of the family, the oldest being Moritz Jacobi who eventually became a famous physicist. There was a sister, Therese Jacobi, and a third brother, Eduard Jacobi, who was younger than Carl.

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Exam ReviewCarl Jacobi came from a Jewish family but he was given the French style name Jacques Simon at birth. His father, Simon Jacobi, was a banker . Carl was the second son of the family, the oldest being Moritz Jacobi who eventually became a famous physicist. There was a sister, Therese Jacobi, and a third brother, Eduard Jacobi, who was younger than Carl. Eduard, but did not pursue any academic career, but followed instead in his father's profession as a banker. Jacobi's early education was given by an uncle on his mother's side, and then, just before his twelfth birthday, Jacobi entered the Gymnasium in Potsdam. He had been well taught by his uncle and he had remarkable talents. In 1817, while still in his first year of schooling, he was put into the final year class. This meant that by the end of the academic year 1816-17, he was still only 12 years old yet he had reached the necessary standard to enter a university. The University of Berlin did not accept students below the age of 16, so Jacobi had to remain in the same class at the Gymnasium in Potsdam until the spring of 1821. Of course, Jacobi pressed on with his academic studies despite remaining in the same class at school. He received the highest awards for Latin, Greek and history but it was the study of mathematics which he took furthest. By the time Jacobi left school he had read advanced mathematics texts such as Euler's "Introductio" in analysin infinitorum and had been doing research on his own. He w

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