Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson 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.
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"[A] lucid account." (Publishers Weekly)
"Isaacson has admirably succeeded in weaving together the complex threads of Einstein's personal and scientific life to paint a superb portrait." (Arthur I. Miller, author of Einstein, Picasso)
"Isaacson has written a crisp, engaging, and refreshing biography, one that beautifully masters the historical literature and offers many new insights into Einstein's work and life." (Diana Kormos Buchwald, General Editor of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein)
Loved Einsten's biography. What a brilliant gentle man! What a life!
My problem with it was that I'm not a physics or mathematics person, and that part was too too much for me. I would drift off for ten minutes and realize I hadn't been listening. For maybe the first time ever..... I might have enjoyed listening to an abridged version.
Everything was awesome!!
As an intellectual you're suppose to stand-up in this time or situations....Albert Einstein.
One of the best biography I had listened to in years.
Einstein life is inspiring, humbling. What an amazing mind! Although he did not practice any particular established religion, he was a deeply religious person. Probably it was his deeply religious convictions, together with his incredible passion for knowledge, what led him to his great discoveries.
I got this book because I thought Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs was outstanding and because I have loved every book I've experienced narrated by Edward Herrmann. The team delivered.
You will learn a ton by way of this book... about principles of physics, historical movements and the quirks of Einstein's personality.
Some people found it a bit long but I thought it was so well written and organised that the hours flew by. Really loved it. Strongly recommended.
Photographer and High School Art Teacher. I crave the enchantment of a good book. It's like sipping on a fine glass of wine, only lasts much longer.
You think you know all there is to know about a historical figure, having studied them through school. This book gave me a different view of Einstein, the eccentric scientists, but also a man, husband, father, and advocate for humanity. He was a unique human with amazing insight.
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