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Einstein was very (very) smart, and spent a lot of time thinking about relativity, so I'm sure he understood it quite well. However, just because he was the first to present the theory does not mean he knows the most about it. There has been a century of other brilliant physicists testing, thinking about, and arguing about theories of relativity--their collective understanding has been distilled into textbooks that any student of physics now has to study.The very fact that Einstein had few people he could discuss the theory with on even footing, and that it wasn't taught to him means that he is at a disadvantage compared to students today. That said, he was extremely smart, and had (or developed) an excellent intuition about relativity, that many today might not have.
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