I always liked Albert. Since I was a young boy, I always considered him to be the greatest man that ever lived. I did know many things about his live, but in this book I found a few more. It provided a different vision of the man, finding out things about his personality provides a different incite about the full picture of his life. This is a good book, make sure you like him enough, it is a long reading, but the time passes quickly. It's all relative i guess.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Thorough and just the right mix of the personal and the scientific.
I have absolutely no issue with the details and length of Isaacson's book, but I agree with a few of the other reviewers that it became a slog at times to listen to this. Having not heard the abridged version, I can only say that the Einstein story is worth listening to, but if you have time issues don't go with the unabridged or you will probably not finish it. Perhaps in this case better to hear the story to completion by using the abridged version.
Plenty of insight into Einstein's scientific breakthroughs, his personal successes and failings, his political and social thinking, and what drove him to keep working on an ultimately unsuccessful grand unified theory for over 2 decades. You wouldn't want to have been married to him, but the book does make me wish I could have known him!
inspiring,moving and surprising book . Einstein
not only the scientist but the "rebel" ,principled and visionary, giant of a man.
I very much enjoyed the book and narration. The layout and progression of Einsteins life was logical with very few deviations that forced me to recall a previous portion of the book. Like all my audio books I listened to it twice.
I had this book for almost a year & I finally finished it. This is an excellent book very well narrated. This is a good read for anyone who is interested in one of the greatest minds of all times. His scientific & poltical views are as important today as they were almost 70 years ago.
BA English MA Political Science Political Independent Intellectually curious Critical reader
I thought this was an interesting book. I didn't find the scientific explanations eye-poppingly clear or any different than the previous fifty thousand times I have heard them explained, but the writing was very effective. I didn't know that Einstein was a Player though. That surprised me...that a man of such intelligence and stature couldn't control the primative urge to propogate was eye popping. I recomend this book to people who are interested in great people...it really humanizes motal gods.
Although the science gets pretty technical and long it's well presented and even I, as a science phobe, learned from it. It was necessary to understanding Einstein's motives and philosophy as his life unfolded.
I suspect that if this biography were to be published using standard scientific conventions, the author list would be long indeed. This is not to diminish the achievement of the primary author, but given the immense breadth of scientific topics, there were many contributors to the clarity of the content. This is not so much a biography as a history of science at the turn of the 20th century. Everything from optics to fluid dynamics, wave theory, relativity, quantum mechanics, early atomic theory, fission, and the expanding universe are touched on - and so much more. Adding to the mix are insights into antisemitism, European politics, scientific hierarchy, socialism, communism, the atomic bomb, and the world wars. Yes, there are insights into Einstein the man, including his various romantic entanglements, but the biography truly shines in its extraordinary ability to cogently coelesce myriad scientific topics. This book is a treasure for those who love the history of science, and can appreciate the contributions of the many expert consultants.