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A few years ago, I missed Halloween because I was so addicted to Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography. His earlier handling of Einstein's life is equally engaging.
He does a great job balancing both Einstein's life and science. While it's certainly not a science book, you'll learn a lot about how specifically Einstein came to his ideas, which, as it happens, leads to one of the best explanations of special relativity I have read in any book.
The last 3rd is less engaging but that's not Isaacson's fault: unlike Jobs, Einstein wasn't doing new, crazy things right up until his death. His role, however, in social and political debates of his time are certainly fascinating.
Who knew that besides being the smartest guy ever Einstein was also a straight up spiritual gansta first class. Love Einstein.
Besides my brain glossing over during the maths I feel like this is a incredible, biography, a history of the birth of the nuclear age, and of course a glimpse of Einsteins theory of relatively.
In my opinion Walter Isaacson is one of the best biographers, Edward Herrmann is definitely my favorite narrator, and Albert Einstein is one of my favorite human beings. I couldn't ask for much more. I have listened to both the abridged and unabridged versions and would recommend both. The abridged version is nice if you have already read or listened to the full version and just want to go back and get the highlights. When I was younger I always imagined Einstein as having more of an impersonal, awkward-genius type personality. But after reading this biography I view him as one of the most well rounded, personable individuals out there. If I could go back in time and meet anyone Einstein would be the first man I would visit.
At parts I was awed, at parts I was moved, at parts fascinated and of course at parts just delighted.
Great research by isaacson presents to us the life of one of the most fascinating humans in a way that can be understood and almost felt.
LOVED the book. Loved the narration.
Bio presents a clear understanding of Einstein's intellectual brilliance as both scientist and humanist. Portrayal of Einstein's successes and failures provide an invaluable lesson to the power of imagination and humility.