This biography is...long. I'm struggling to finish it because it just doesn't have a lot of spark, the narrator is rather dull and well, it just goes on and on. I really like biographies in general but this one is hard for me to stay with. It is interesting to learn more about Einstein and have the inconsistencies and false stories revealed, I just wish it could be one with a better style and pace.
Infopreneur and foodevangelist, 72. Married since 1965. Two children and 5 grand children. Love my family, seafood, fishing and walking.
Walter Isaacson is able to show us not only the Mastermind, but also the artist, essayist, husbond, father, grandfather and in fact the complete man. Einstein! Bravo!
All I could think about was Einstein's theories and life for weeks. Isaacson definitely knows how to brings a life together in a book with absolute harmony. I was fortunate to have discovered the beauty of relativity as LIGO confirmed gravitational waves.
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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.