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)
I am no math wiz…but if Einstein was alive today, he would be helping to right our national moral compass. What he had to say about war, political power, rights of the individual and reasons to be fiercely independent are important messages to think about today. His genius seems to have been driven more by his creativity than by his math skills, which should give us all hope.
You gotta love Einstein.... I listened out of repspect for a man who has given us so much. Interesting book, better if you read along while listening. Could have summed this one up in a 1/4 of the book. Fell asleep a few times.
"God doesn't play dice" could be the alternate title of this book. This book has a very professional (i.e. historical) writing style that nicely blends the hard facts of science and the soft reasoning of religion in Einstein's life. Examples of this include full descriptions of the "thought experiments" that were the basis of Einstein's theories and the personal conflicts that he struggled with in politics. There is no thrilling conclusion to this book as most will start the book already knowing it's conclusion. However, if you are interested in connecting the dots in between the beginning and the end than this is the book for you.
Edit from it the endless, boring scientific language
The part when I deleted it from my iPhone
What a fascinating man and a story that....zzzzzzz
I am a READER! I always have an audio book going, an e book going and a hard copy going. I read all genres but love my thrillers !
This was interesting but too long. I gave up after 12 hours and Einstein was only in his 40's. Maybe it picked up the pace after that but I just didnt care anymore. Go for the abridged unless you are a HUGE Einstein fan.
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
I would rather read it for my second time. There are some chapters that I don't need to review but I missed many of the concepts that were discussed about his work with physics.
I liked getting a picture of his demeanor and personality.
His voice is not boring. He kept my attention.
His personal relationships remind me of Warren Buffet's.
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Very strong biography and in-depth research of the life of the 20th centuries greatest scientist. The fact that Einstein figured most of his great leaps in his head in thought experiments staggers belief. Never dull and while not as intimate as Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography, still a wonderful and worthwhile read and history of theoretical physics in the first half of the 20th century.
Einsteins early struggle for recognition and the pre-war years when the Nazi party came to power provide a gripping account of the dangers for Jews in Germany and Europe as a whole during the war
Very well read, thoroughly engaging and never boring.
Einstein, Relativity and the Power of Thought
I love all nonfiction but in particular history & science. When I tire of facts I'll run to fiction
Never read the printed version but would prefer the audio to get through the density of the material
Einstein of course. Because he was a brilliant scientist but not a perfect person. He made mistakes but imagined the world in a way few did.
He takes his time when it gets to the dense physics bits. He makes the physics in the book sound as if it were the story of little red riding hood. Simple, clear and concise.
Alongside a light beam.
This book is so interesting. It is hard to put down and beckons for encore listening presentation.
Einstein, of course!
Again, Einstein, of course!
Yes, but I couldn't. It's pretty lengthy.
This instantly became one of my all time favorite books!
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