Einstein

Einstein

His Life and Universe

Book - 2007
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By the author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs , this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein.

How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.

Based on newly released personal letters of Einstein, this book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk--a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate--became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom, and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals.

These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, c2007
ISBN: 9780743264730
0743264738
Branch Call Number: 530.092 Einst -I 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xxii, 675 p. :,ill

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kityojames
Jan 31, 2015

It is this book that succinctly distinguishes Walter Isaacson as a master biographer. In writing the story of Einstein, not only does he coin the scientist's life as a litany of scientific realities derived from the cosmos, but also dwells deep into the character nuances of Einstein. We are shown his true self, his religion, foibles, humanness relative to his theories. Above all, this book shows that Einstein was a political animal, for which elements of the American civil liberties can jocund, and even the genesis of academic freedom and free speech may be traced. We cannot, but appreciate such an exposition of Albert Einstein, the Rebel and Loner who changed the understanding of the world beyond what we see now.

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bhnation
May 12, 2014

Excellent. Interweaves the personal life and the science very effectively. Comprehensive but engaging.

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rille
Oct 27, 2013

What a great book. Full of cool inserts (copies of documents etc). Excellent info, beautifully arranged book.

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neuroman43
Jun 10, 2013

Absolutely outstanding biography of Time magazines man of the 20th century. There have been many biographies of Einstein but none achieve what Isaacson has done by interweaving the science, personality of the man, and make it come alive during the fascinating era he lived through in history. It is a long book (550 or so pages of main text plus over 100 more of references and supporting material) but so worth the read. I hated when it came to its end. Throughout I laughed out loud at the many quotes from this genius. He truly was an amazing man, so worthy of learning about.

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rspanny
May 22, 2013

Wonderful comprehensive biography of arguably the greatest man in human history. Very readable and covers all aspects of Einstein's life. And what a storied and varied life the man led. I feel like I kinda know Albert Einstein personally, after reading this. I learned quite a lot about Einstein's science too. I should buy a copy of this book for my personal library. Definitely a keeper!

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