Young Karl Weierstrass wasn't much interested in science. Contrary to his father's desires
to be an accountant, Karl was more interested in fence and parties. Beer and mountains of
food were much more attractive than numbers.
After three years spent in Bonn he failed to get a law and economy degree, he returned home
and became a teacher. Later, he met Christoph Gudermann who helped him get his degree in math.
Weierstrass started lecturing at the university but despite Gudermann's recommendations nobody
wanted to give Karl a permanent job. So, he returned to be a high school teacher often teaching
everything but math.
Luckily, that leaves him lots of time to think and he started publishing
some of his works. After 12 years spent in various German village high schools his published work
finally gets recognized and he gets a job as a professor at Berlin University.
He was a world famous teacher and many young talents were seeking essence of modern analysis through his lectures.