The book combines the personal biography with a clear exposition of his scientific contributions. It stands in sharp contrast with Galileo biography by James Reston, Jr., in which the science is almost a side line.
The explanation of relativity theory in a non-mathematical manner, and Einstein contribution to underanding the reality of atoms and molecules.
A model of what scientific biography should be
Often when we read, see or hear about life in the early 1900's, it's easy to think of people of that time as somehow "different" to us modern folk. Something separate from ourselves, relics of the past.
That's why this book is so darn refreshing. Einstein is portrayed as a human being just like us, living a life just like we are (OK with some glaring exceptions!). Einstein lived then, but from the way it's told, he could have just as easily been living now. As I listened, the past became real, just as real as my present.
OK, so most of the physics stuff went over my head - I suppose I'm just dumb that way. But the beautifully written letters, the anecdotes and the events had me hooked. I vaguely recall even shedding a tear when Einstein drew his last breath.
Learning details about Einstein that make you realize he was a real human being like the rest of us. Also the advanced Physics descriptions were written in a understandable manner that I could follow pretty well, which was surprising.
It could have been shorter. It was not the most thrilling book I have ever read.
I loved this book so much it gives a very clear look at a young Einstein who wasn't afraid to go against every other scientist at the time and to think freely and independently and then it gives you a look at an older Einstein who was the exact opposite of his younger self where he had a set of believes that he was trying to prove right instead of just going where ever his physics take him like when he was younger it's an amazing book Walter Isaacson did a great job overall explaining all aspect of Einsteins life but in some of the science explanations it was hard to follow some of what he's was trying to explain maybe it's because I'm not a 100% native English speaker
But nonetheless this is an amazing biography and I would recommend anybody who's trying to make a change in the world to read it
I am a devotee of history, biography and science. This is the best biography I have read. Isaacson skillfully explains complex science so that it can be understood by most readers. I now believe that I can appreciate relatively theory and its implications. He reveals the strategy and implications of thought experiments, the distinction between empiricism and rationalism in science
as well as the obligation to use intelligence in addressing social and political problems of all people.
This wonderful book should be read by every thoughtful person.
I am not a scientist and lack the scientific vocabulary. it was the heart of Einstein that I was able to grasp and revere . i listened to every word with a sense of awe .